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Loved: Michel de Broin’s Monument in Winnipeg

A new sculpture by the 2007 Sobey Award-winning Montreal artist Michel de Broin was unveiled in Winnipeg a few days ago.

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Michel de Broin, Monument, 2009. Image courtesy Denis Prieur.

The granite work, titled Monument, is the inaugural sculpture for the Jardin de sculptures at Le Maison des artistes visuels francophones in Saint-Boniface, in Winnipeg.

Up to 20 sculptures will eventually be placed on the site by various provincial, national and international French speaking artists.

Monument is a mystery that will never be entirely revealed,” notes de Broin. “One can recognize its classical motif borrowed from the tradition of monuments, but disrupted from the passivity of the academy. It announces itself as an invitation to an experience where the meaning is projected…onto…the veil covering the characters’ enigma (which) reveals the anonymity of being.”

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A daylight view of the piece. Image: Denis Prieur.

Read VoCA’s interview with de Broin HERE.

The project was commissioned through the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Public Art Program in collaboration with La Maison des artistes visuels.

There’s a solo exhibition by de Boin at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, which will continue to November 21.

For Michel de Broin’s website, Click HERE.

For more information on Winnipeg’s public art program, please click HERE.

For Plug In’s website, please click HERE.

4 Responses to “Loved: Michel de Broin’s Monument in Winnipeg”

  1. Bill says:

    I’m not really sure what de Broin is trying to say in that artist statement, but I like this. I think it’s witty and HILARIOUS!

  2. Bill says:

    I’m not really sure what de Broin is trying to say with that artist statement, but I like this. It’s witty and HILARIOUS!

  3. Andrea says:

    Well, his first language is French, so the statement is a bit awkward. But I agree with you – I like that it uses the language of traditional monuments (esp. the folds of fabric), but also the language of Pop. It works on many levels, no?

  4. Nick says:

    I think it is because the text was taken from its statement and readapted by the author of this blog. Here is the original statement, it is on the poster of Plug In show.

    ‘Monument is a mystery that will never be entirely revealed. One can recognize its classical motif borrowed from the tradition of monuments, but disrupted from the passivity of the academy. It announces itself as an invitation to an experience where the meaning is projected by the passerby onto the white screen of the veil covering the characters’ enigma. The veil draws aside the individual identity and reveals the anonymity of being. Something is pulling us to the other beyond its representation.’

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