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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Toronto Canada 2013
[Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2006 to 2013]

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Boris Achour, The rose is without why, 2013, Photo: Eirinn Heather Grennan

Off to a flying start

Downtown Central
Curated by Ami Barak, you'll find a concentration of this exhibition's projects
in and around Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall.

World-renowned artist Ai Weiwei of China will create a new edition
of his sculpture Forever Bicycles at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square.

Curator Ami Barak

Curatorial Statement

Off to a flying start

In 2013, we celebrate the centenary of Bicycle Wheel, Marcel Duchamp's first readymade. He combined a bicycle wheel and a stool - and it has become central to the very notion of Art and the artistic attitude towards objects. This century, objects found in the streets, chosen by artists, are displayed in museums. In the context of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, when the entire city becomes an open-air museum for one night, we will take these objects back to the streets and reunite the public with the ubiquitous nature of the artwork.

Ami Barak


Ami Barak is an independent curator based in Paris, France. He was the Artistic Director of Nuit Blanche Paris 2003 & 2004 editions. He co-curated the Romanian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, 2011.

Most recent curatorial projects include: Foreigners Everywhere: works from the Pomeranz Collection at the Jewish Museum Vienna (Austria) 2013; Molecular Gastronomy, Young Artists Biennial 5 (Bucharest) 2013; I am also... Douglas Gordon, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israel) 2013. He is currently a Lecturer at the Paris I Sorbonne University.

In partnership with the Consulate General of France in Toronto with support from the Institut français as part of the Paris-Toronto series.

Commissioned Projects

Forever Bicycles, Ai Weiwei

Crash Cars, Alain Declercq

The rose is without why, Boris Achour

Familia, Bruno Billio

The Big Crunch, Franck Scurti

Toaster Work Wagon, Kim Adams

El Agua de Niebla, Melik Ohanian

Tortoise, Michel de Broin

PLASTIC BAGS, Pascale Marthine Tayou

Garden Tower in Toronto, Tadashi Kawamata

Open Call Projects
To encourage involvement by a wide range of artists - established and emerging - each exhibition includes projects selected by the curators through an open call process.

lair du temps, Faith La Rocque

Hysteria Coordinating, Sherri Hay

Take a Load Off, Tongue & Groove

1-855-IS IT ART (1-855-474-8278), VSVSVS

The Little People, Workparty

Toronto Culture / Scotiabank