Photo: Martin Lipman
Claude Gosselin – Bio
Curator and promoter Claude Gosselin has been active in the field of contemporary art for 35 years, having held the positions of visual arts officer at the Canada Council (1975-79) and curator at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (1979-83). In 1983 he founded the Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC) and, as executive director and artistic director, initiated the ground-breaking exhibition series, Cent jours d’art contemporain de Montréal (1985-96), which brought practices such as installation art and new media by Canadian and international artists into the forefront of contemporary art in Canada. In 1998, he launched the Biennale de Montréal, adding a Canadian city to the important network of international biennials. Both have helped put Canadian art on the international map and have promoted contemporary art to the general public. In 1999, Claude Gosselin received the Prix Carrière from the Société des musées québécois. Born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, he currently lives in Montreal.