Chinese artist Ai Weiwei headlines 3rd Vancouver Biennale

Featuring a roster of international art luminaries, Vancouver Biennale 2014-2016 opens tonight by introducing its new artist residency program.

Vancouver Biennale celebrates art in public space

Ai Weiwei, Jonathan Borofsky, and Brazilian twins Os Gemeos are among the major international artists taking part in the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale. 

The organization celebrates art of all disciplines in public spaces and over the next two years will install 30 public works of art throughout the Lower Mainland.

In 2010, the biennale brought Yue Minjun's A-mazing Laughter —14 bronze sculptures of men laughing—  to Vancouver as a temporary installation; it later became a permanent installation in English Bay after $1.5 million donation by Lululemon founder Chip Wilson.

The creator of the A-mazing Laughter sculpture Yue Mimjun decided he wanted the statues to remain in a public space in Vancouver after seeing photos of visitors interacting with them. (Steve Lus/CBC)

Art enthusiasts will also have a chance to check out work from the 92 artists-in-residents who will spend four to six weeks in Vancouver, creating pieces on the theme of Open Borders/Vancouver Crossroads.

One of the artists, Brazil's Marcelo Moscheta, along with Biennale founder Barrie Mowatt spoke with CBC Radio's Rick Cluff on The Early Edition about the new residency program. 

"I work with landscapes, and when I started researching what Vancouver was, I got very excited to get into this landscape and make this relationship," said Moscheta. 

Moscheta and  five other artists from Brazil are currently working on art to go on display in the Brazilian pavilion in North Vancouver.