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Ai Weiwei Bicycle Sculpture to Headline Toronto’s Nuit Blanche

Today the City of Toronto announced more participants in this year’s edition of Nuit Blanche, the free sunset-to-sunrise visual-art event due to kick off on the night of October 5, 2013.

Famed Chinese conceptualist Ai Weiwei is slated to headline, with a Toronto version of his Forever Bicycles sculpture.

The work promises to consist of more than 1,000 bicycles, and will be shown in the city’s Nathan Phillips Square.

Ai’s “According to What?” survey, with an opening date scheduled for August 17, will run concurrently at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

French curator Ami Barak will curate Ai’s piece, along with work by other artists around City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square.

Barak’s Nuit Blanche exhibition theme relates to the centenary of Marcel Duchamp’s first readymade art installation.

Other artists scheduled for Barak’s exhibition include Toronto’s Kim Adams, Montreal’s Michel de Broin, Japan’s Tadashi Kawamata and Belgium’s Pascale Marthine Tayou.

Toronto curator Patrick Macaulay is organizing “PARADE,” which occupies the area between Charles Street West and Queen Street West along University Avenue.

Artists set to participate in Macaulay’s project include Canadians Max Dean, David R. Harper, Libby Hague, Claire Ironside and Ruth Spitzer.

Ontario curators Ivan Jurakic and Crystal Mowry are due to present an exhibition along King Street from Yonge to John entitled “Romancing the Anthropocene.”

Brendan Fernandes and Kelly Richardsonboth Canadians based abroadand American Janet Biggs are among the artists due to participate in the latter exhibition.

Nuit Blanche officials say that full programming details will be announced in August.

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