In December 2003, as one of Canada’s chosen artist, Gaber accepted to represent Canada and display his art work at one of the most prestigious European exhibition, the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, in Florence, Italy. Participation in the Biennale is only by nomination by theInternational Scientific Committee of Critics, now numbering almost fifty members from around the world. Over 891 artists, painters, sculptors and photographers from over 72 nations participated in the world’s most comprehensive exhibition of Contemporary Art. The Biennale Exhibition has featured work by such distinguished figures as Charles, Prince of Wales and well known actress Gina Lollobrigida. Artworks where considered by an International Jury, which comprises distinguished art and museum curators and contemporary art critics. Nominated works were to meet specific criteria set down by Cultural Departments formed by art scholars, before the final approval to exhibit was decided by the Biennale Organising Committee.
The respected patrons of the event were the President of the Republic of Italy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Ambassador of the United States of America for the region of Tuscany, the Community of Florence and finally, the United Nations Program for improving dialogue among Civilisations.
At the Florence Exhibition, Gaber’s art works received several positive critiques by some of the well-established Art Critics. These same critics are also members of the Florence Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea International Jury such as, Prof. John T. Spike, Director of the Florence Biennial of Contemporary Art, Critic, art Historian (New York), and Prof. Matty Roca, Critic, art Historian (Mexico), and also a Member of the International Art Critics Association (AICA).
Antoine Gaber at the Florence Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea, Italy.
Prof. John T. Spike, Director of the Florence Biennial of Contemporary Art, Critic, art Historian (New York) with Artist Antoine Gaber
Prof. Matty Roca, Critic, art Historian (Mexico), and also a Member of the International Art Critics Association (AICA) with Artist Antoine Gaber
Prof. Piero Celona, Vice-President of the Florence Biennale with Artist Antoine Gaber
New opportunities will arise as Gaber is now listed and his art featured in the official Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea 4th Edition Catalogue of 2003 distributed to some Art Museum, and Art Galleries around the world.
During the exhibition, Prof. Pasquale Celona, President of the Florence Biennale, awarded Antoine Gaber with the prestigious Prize of the “Lorenzo il Magnifico”, in recognition of Gaber’s artistic career.