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Michel Goulet - Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec

Prix et reconnaissances

On June 10, 2024, Michel Goulet received the insignia of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec, a prestigious distinction bestowed to personalities whose exemplary achievements reflect the artistic and literary development of Quebec. Discover the tribute paid to him by the Council.

Born in Asbestos, raised in Sherbrooke and educated in Montréal, Michel Goulet also has roots in the cities where 70 of his pieces are permanently installed. A man of both words and materials, he revolutionized public art using an approach that combines the everyday with the sublime, sculpture with poetry, human scale with social reach.

For the past 50 years, Michel Goulet has thrown himself into understanding space to explore the mystery of humanity. His creations fan from the Venice Biennale to the Jardin du Palais Royal in Paris, from theatres to opera houses, from parks to museums. They bring everyday objects into the public space, using forms and arrangements to start conversations, pose questions, evoke stories and sow poetry.

Many honours, including the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas, the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts, and several Masques awards, have recognized the originality and power of his work, which has the chair as a recurring motif. Goulet’s chairs are magical: when you sit down, they transport you, whispering that they were waiting just for you.

About the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec

The Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec This link will open in a new window is a distinction of the Council which aims to honor people who have made a remarkable contribution, through their commitment and dedication, to the development, promotion or influence of the arts and letters of Quebec. .

The Council would like to thank its partners, the Caisse de la Culture and the newspaper Le Devoir.

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