June 08, 2007 04:30 ET

Supporting Canadian Art Abroad: Aeroplan Takes Altmejd to Venice

    Aeroplan Sponsors Galerie de l'UQAM's exhibition of David Altmejd at the
    2007 Venice Biennale

    MONTREAL, June 8  - Aeroplan, Canada's premier loyalty
marketing company, today announced its support of the Canadian exhibition by
Montreal artist David Altmejd at the 2007 Venice Biennale, one of the most
important international exhibitions of contemporary art.
    As an official sponsor of David Altmejd's exhibition, Aeroplan plays a
key role in realizing this unique project: Aeroplan contributed to flying
David Altmejd and Galerie de l'UQAM's team from Montreal to Venice, Italy.
    "This unique sponsorship opportunity allows Aeroplan to support Canadian
arts and culture at a world class level, while introducing an internationally
known artist to his home town," said Craig Landry, Aeroplan's Vice President,
Member Products and Services, today at the official opening of the Canadian
Pavilion in Venice. "Aeroplan strives to align with properties that embody a
sense of possibility. Supporting the artist who was chosen to represent Canada
at the Venice Biennale is a major opportunity stimulating our brand and
creativity as a company whose vision is to become a leading multi-national
player in our own field of expertise."
    Aeroplan, an enthusiastic patron of the arts, has sponsored several
Canadian cultural organizations including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Tapestry
New Opera Works, the Design Exchange and SweaterLodge, a multi-media exhibit
by Vancouver's Pechet and Robb Studio, which represented Canada at the
2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
    "This is a unique opportunity for the Galerie de l'UQAM's team, and David
Altmejd, to be able to rely on Aeroplan's support. As the Galerie's Director
and Commissary of the Canadian exhibition at the Venice Biennale, this major
sponsorship is, in my opinion, a contribution to modern art in Canada," said
Louise Déry, Director, Galerie de l'UQAM.

    About the exhibition and the artist

    The commission created by Altmejd for the Canadian Pavilion consists of
two works toying with the Pavilion's peculiarities of an aviary, imagining it
as a shelter where birds can nest and feed. The Index refers to the principle
classification of the species, to their organisation into an avifauna with an
internal balance that ensures their continued existence. The Giant 2 - an
imposing 5.5 metre sculpture - is attended by all manner of stuffed and
sculpted birds.
    David Altmejd lives and works in New York and London. He has degrees in
visual art from UQAM (BA, 1998) and Columbia University (MFA, 2001). He is
represented by the Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York) and Stuart Shave /Modern
Art (London). His work has been shown in Quebec, the United States and Europe.
His works are found in collection as important as those of New York's
Guggenheim and Whitney museums.

    The Galerie de l'UQAM, located in the heart of downtown Montreal, is a
university art gallery that presents exhibitions of contemporary art. See for further information.

    About Aeroplan

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