Manif d’art 6, the Quebec City biennial, is ready to go. Based on the theme of Machines – The Shapes of Movement, this major event is curated by Nicole Gingras. The Avant-Première, as well as the openings of the official selections, will take place from May 2 to 5. The public is cordially invited to attend these unveilings at the 14 sites in Quebec City and Lévis. 

The Avant-première of Manif d’art 6—the VIP cultural event of the summer—will take place at Espace 400e Bell on Wednesday, May 2 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. At a cost of $50, visitors will be able to view the works at the biennial’s main site prior to the official opening. Guided tours in small groups have been scheduled. A reception, including wine and appetizers, will also be held. 

On Thursday, May 3, the public is invited to the opening of Diane Landry’s Correspondances at the Musée de l’Amérique française. This installation features a wide range of machines, inventions and sculptures created by the artist from 1996 to 2012. 

Next up, at 8:30 p.m., visitors are invited to the opening of the main exhibition at Espace 400e Bell. This large-scale event brings together the works of 16 artists, including Yann Farley, Mounir Fatmi, Louise Faure & Anne Julien, Arthur Ganson, Rube Goldberg, Brion Gysin & Ian Sommerville, Joseph Herscher, Marla Hlady, Manon Labrecque, Diane Obomsawin, Stansfield/Hooykaas, Martin Tétreault and Karel Zeman. The evening will also feature two performances by Martin Tétreault, at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. and the party of the Manif d’art 6 will begin at 11:30 p.m

On Friday, May 4, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) will launch François Mathieu’s De l’air et du plomb. With this sculptural installation presented in the rotunda of the MNBAQ, François Mathieu is continuing his explorations of flight, presenting a kind of travel machine. At 6 p.m. American artist Mark Pauline will give a lecture in the MNBAQ auditorium.
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The opening of Jacques Samson’s exhibition at the Grand Théâtre de Québec will take place at 9 p.m. This site-specific, two-part kinetic installation entitled Excroissances will be visible from outside the building, on rue Turnbull. At the gallery of the Grand Théâtre de Québec, Jacques Samson will also exhibit a series of preliminary sketches for this installation. 

On Saturday, May 5, the final day of openings, visitors will be able to discover the following exhibitions: at 1 p.m., Regart is presenting Adaptative Actions by Erika Lincoln; at 3 p.m., LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE is presenting GAMMAvert – an X-SEA-SCAPE by Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag; at 4 p.m., the Galerie des arts visuels is presenting Hypoxia by Jean-Pierre Gauthier; at 5 p.m., MATERIA is presenting Bestiary by Ingrid Bachmann; at 6 p.m., Le Lieu is presenting Rotation sous différents angles by Kanta Horio.

At 7 p.m., five organizations from the Coopérative Méduse will launch their respective exhibitions: Diane Morin at Avatar; Marla Hlady and Jean Tinguely at Engramme; Minibloc and Mounir Fatmi at L’Œil de Poisson; Jean-François Dugas, Jérôme Minière and Marie-Pierre Normand at La Bande Vidéo; and Manon Labrecque at VU PHOTO. 

Manif d’Art Pass

A pass is required to attend the activities of the biennial and to visit the official-selection exhibition sites. It comes with a badge and official program, a pocket-size guide containing all the details on the exhibition sites, artists and scheduled activities.


General: $12
Student (student card mandatory): $10
Children under 12 (accompanied by an adult): free
Package deal : (2 badges and one program): $18

The pass is available beginning May 3 at all official-selection exhibition sites, as well as at the Gabrielle-Roy Library, the Huron-Wendat Museum, Best Western Québec, Galerie Tzara and Formats, the RCAAQ bookshop in Montréal.  The Manif d’art biennial festival is one of the largest in Canada. The complete program can be found on the mobile app for iPhone and Android smartphones, as well as on the website

From May 3 to June 3, 2012, the Manif d’art 6 invites visitors to embark on an artistic tour and participate in activities on the theme of Machines – The Shapes of Movement, chosen by curator Nicole Gingras. In adding satellite activities to the official selection, the Québec City biennial brings together over 80 artists in 30 venues in Québec City and surrounding areas.

: Patrick Fournier
Communications Coordinator
Manif d’art
(418) 524-1917 /