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May 21, 2013
Artist Ai Weiwei announced as part of lineup for Toronto's eighth annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
  
The City of Toronto today announced a selection of artists who will present projects at the 2013 edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. On Saturday, October 5, more than 110 contemporary art projects will be exhibited across the city for 12 hours from sunset to sunrise.

City-produced exhibition highlights at this year's event are three curated exhibitions, including a centrepiece installation by world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei of China, curated by Ami Barak.

For Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Ai will mount a new edition of his "Forever Bicycles" sculpture. This complex and abstract sculpture, consisting of more than 1,000 bicycles, will be installed in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square.

Ami Barak (independent curator and lecturer at the Paris Sorbonne University) is also curating the areas in and around City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. Barak's exhibition "Off to a flying start" celebrates the centenary of artist Marcel Duchamp's first ready-made art installation. This exhibition involves the ready-made art now found in galleries and museums and brings these objects back to the streets. Artists whose work will be featured in this exhibition include: Toronto-based Kim Adams; Tadashi Kawamata of Hokkaido, Japan; Michel de Broin of Montreal and Pascale Marthine Tayou based in Ghent, Belgium.

Patrick Macaulay (Head of Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre) is curating the area along University Avenue from Charles Street West south to Queen Street West. In Macaulay's exhibition "PARADE," the format is archetypal, the route is set, the floats are complete but unlike a conventional parade the audience becomes the procession. This exhibition features work by artists Max Dean of Toronto, David R. Harper of Chicago, and Toronto-based Claire Ironside, Ruth Spitzer and Libby Hague.

Ivan Jurakic (Director/Curator, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo) and Crystal Mowry (Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery) are curating projects located in areas along King Street from Yonge Street to John Street. Jurakic's and Mowry's exhibition "Romancing the Anthropocene" acknowledges the triumph of science and human achievement but it also suggests a cautionary message regarding the destruction of natural habitat, addressing our enduring and yet troubled relationship with the natural world. Work by artists Brendan Fernandes of Toronto; Swoon of New York; Kelly Richardson based in Whitley Bay, UK; and Janet Biggs of New York will be displayed as part of this exhibition.

While the City-produced exhibition projects are centralized downtown, the entire event extends city-wide, with independent projects located in various sites and neighbourhoods throughout the city.

Travel packages
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013 returns with special rates courtesy of event hotel partners. The Fairmont Royal York, the official host hotel, is offering special one- night and weekend room rates starting at $159.

Other hotel partners participating in the event include: Bond Place Hotel, Cambridge Suites Hotel Toronto, the Drake Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, the Grand Hotel and Suites, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto City Centre, Hotel Victoria, Madison Manor Boutique Hotel, Novotel Toronto, One King West Hotel and Residence, the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, Shangri-La Hotel Toronto, Strathcona Hotel Downtown Toronto and Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto. Room rates start at $90.

Book a two-night stay with any Scotiabank Nuit Blanche hotel partner and be among the first to experience the exhibition "Off to a flying start" at Nathan Phillips Square on the evening of Friday, October 4. Learn about the curator, the artists and hear about their creative process while viewing the work. The Art Gallery of Ontario is providing a special offer to guests to coincide with the Art Gallery of Ontario's upcoming exhibition "Ai Weiwei: According to What?"

Complete information on all travel packages and special offers:
http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/travel-packages/

High resolution images and background information about the event are available to media at http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/nuitblanche/nuitblanche_media.htm.

About Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Full programming details will be announced in August. General information for the public is now available at http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca. Look for updates on Facebook at facebook.com/sbnuitblancheTO and follow us on Twitter at @sbnuitblanche, #snbTO.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, the event has featured more than 850 official art installations, created by nearly 3,500 artists and has generated more than $138 million in economic impact for Toronto.

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

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Media Contact
Sylvia Kavanagh
Economic Development & Culture
416-392-8123
skavana@toronto.ca

 

 

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