2019.05.20 – 2019.05.24
2019 ICRA-X Robotic Art Program, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Canada
Curator : Alain Thibault

Castles Made of Sand, 2015, conveyors, pneumatics, stainless steel mold, tide clock, automation, sensor, 500 x 160 x 200 cm

2019.05.04 – 2019.07.13
Biennale d’architecture et de paysage Versailles 1re édition, Paris

Revolution, 2010, Collection Art Norac

The sculpture Revolution is presented as part of the first edition of the Biennial of Architecture and Landscape of Versailles. The work is installed along the Avenue de Paris, between the prefecture and the castle.

Presskit (In French)

2019.03.08 – 2019.04.13
Salle des maquettes
Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal
Curator: Anne Philippon

Opening: Thursday, March 7, 5:30 p.m.

One Hundred Paces, 2010, film 16 mm, b/w, silent, 2 min 30 s

The exhibition Salle des maquettes brings together works from the Collection d’oeuvres d’art de l’UQAM that reflect the modelling of artistic practice. Manifested in various forms, this working process,  a progression over time, can be identified by both the topics addressed and the conceptual methodology that supports its execution. Although models, sketches, preparatory drawings and notebooks are concrete examples that reveal the beginnings of a project, details and patterns that characterize the work also feature here. This study of the relationship between projects that serve as a springboard for other projects reveals the importance of research and reflection in the work of several artists from the University’s collection.

With the artists : Edmund Alleyn, John Baldessari, Taysir Batniji, Charles-Antoine Blais Métivier, Shary Boyle, Julie C. Fortier, Sophie Calle, Maurizio Cattelan, Thomas Corriveau, Michel de Broin, Manon De Pauw, Wim Delvoye, Pierre Dorion, Suzanne Duquet, Graham Fagen, Yves Gaucher, General Idea, Gilbert & George, Jenny Holzer, Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf et Jean-François Proulx, Stéphane La Rue, Raymond Lavoie, Micah Lexier, Piero Manzoni, Annette Messager, Otobong Nkanga, Giuseppe Penone, Yann Pocreau, Denis Rousseau, Michael Snow, Nancy Spero, Lawrence Weiner, Dana Wyse, etc.

2019.02.07 – 2019.05.18
Bonne conduite
Alain Declercq, Michel de Broin, Allora & Calzadilla
FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France

Shared Propulsion Car, color video, sound, 3’48’’ and legal documentation, 2007, collection FRAC Poitou-Charentes

Aller plus vite, plus loin, partout : à deux ou à quatre roues, le véhicule automobile est bien vite devenu un symbole d’émancipation.
Liberté, pouvoir et modernité se conjuguent en cocktails désirables dans l’appareillage promotionnel des constructeurs et le cinéma s’est adjoint la cinétique automobile jusqu’à en faire des genres à part entière : la poursuite, le road movie.
Puisqu’à des fins de sécurité publique, de police, d’écologie… codes et lois refrènent les élans libertaires et individualistes des usagers de la route, alors autos et motos apparaissent aujourd’hui plus que jamais comme de potentiels symboles de transgression.

Les trajectoires criminelles d’Alain Declercq, la customisation décroissante de Michel de Broin et les hurlements revanchards de Allora & Calzadilla nous transportent aux confins de la légalité. Parfois au-delà.

Press kit (in french)

2019.05.20 - 2019.05.24
2019 ICRA-X Robotic Art Program, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Canada
2019.05.04 - 2019.07.13
Biennale d’architecture et de paysage Versailles, Paris
2019.03.08 - 2019.04.13
Salle des maquettes
Galerie de l'UQAM, Montreal
2019.02.07 - 2019.05.18
Bonne conduite
Angoulême, France (FRAC Poitou-Charentes)
2019.02.20 - 2019.06.09
Âjagemô art space, Ottawa (Canada Council for the Arts)
2018.11.02 - 2018.11.04
Man Ray, Michel de Broin, Juliette Goiffon & Charles Beauté
Artissima, Turin (Galerie Eva Meyer)
2018.10.20 - Work in progress
Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver
2018.09.13 - 2018.11.17
La conduite des conduites
Galerie Division, Montreal
2018.07.07 - 2018.08.12
Natura Loci
Magasin Général, Sainte-Madeleine-de-la-Rivière-Madeleine
Michel de Broin & Kim Gerdes – Machines organiques, machines textuelles
École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
2018.03.08 - 2018.04.17
Elective affinities
Galerie Division, Montreal
2017.08.17 - 2017.10.15
KM3 - A Public Art Event, Quartier des spectacles, Montreal
2017.06.30 - 2017.07.04
Mille spéculations
Bordeaux, France
2017.06.17 - 2017.09.24
La chose en soi
Musée régional de Rimouski
2017.06.28 - 2017.06.30
Make Soccer Great Again
À perte de vue, AXENÉO7, La Fonderie, Gatineau, QC


Nathalie Bachand, Canada Council for the Arts

Thresholds is an experience in transit. It calls to mind the velocity of our urban journeys, small moments in everyday time and space. The installation remakes the internal mechanics of door-opening devices found on old metro cars manufactured for the inauguration of the Montréal metro at the 1967 World Exhibition. The MR-63 car has now been replaced by more modern equipment, but its impact on the collective Montréal imagination is undeniable.

Between the Possible and the Impossible
Nathalie de Blois, Musée national des beaux arts du Québec

For more than ten years, Michel de Broin has been honing a trans-disciplinary art which calls systems and their articulation into question. Adopting a critical and playful attitude towards common objects and current ideas, he sets out to render visible, through richly profound metaphors and analogies, the forces at work in the movement of the energies which guide our actions and govern our impulses.

Sculpture of Steel, City of Nerves
Bernard Schütze, Espace art actuel

Dendrites, a public artwork recently inaugurated along with its sit — Place de l’Aviation Civile International, is a fascinating and consistent extension of Michel de Broin’s ongoing and prolific art practice. In fact the work combines two elements that are characteristic of his multifaceted approach.

Michel de Broin at Bitform Gallery
Darren Jones, Artforum

Michel de Broin’s US solo debut activates cracked lightbulbs, wood logs, bronze castings, and a bicycle with electric currents. The Montreal-based artist calls upon these basic objects to convey fundamental physical forces, all the while adding a trace of whimsy to his works.

Michel de Broin
Bryne McLaughlin, Art in America

There's a dizzy logic to the work of Montreal artist Michel de Broin. Take, for instance, his sculpture Révolution, a maquette version of which opened his recent survey exhibition at the MACM. Commissioned in 2010 for the Couvent des Jacobins in Rennes, France, the massive work (which remains in France) features a knotted, 100-foot-long steel staircase designed to confound notions of beginning and end.

Michel de Broin BMO Project Room
Bryne McLaughlin, Canadian Art

There is no beginning and no end to Michel de Broin's Castles Made of Sand (2016). Installed high above the Toronto financial district as the most recent commission for the BMO Project Room, de Broin's hulking installation pivots on a simple conceptual proposition: how to construct a machine that builds and rebuilds sandcastles.

Disruption From Within
Rodney LaTourelle, Plug-In ICA

For his first solo exhibition in Western Canada, Michel de Broin presents recent work in various media. His art may take many forms, from traditional sculpture to installations, actions, and video, but it always employs a rupture in the logic of a particular convention, whether it is an object, situation, or process. Perversions, detours, and odd juxtapositions are strategies that repeatedly appear in his work, which uses the combination of unrelated systems in order to expose overlooked preconceptions.

A Logic of Being Against?
Bernard Lamarche, Parachute

Resistance is born of one force’s thwarted affections for another... It does not confront the enemy in order to inflict defeat upon it but struggles with adversity, for which the adversary is only a stand-in, in order to weaken it and make it give in...

Michel de Broin, Etienne Zack, Mass MoCA

I recently carried out a performance involving a lumberjack and a lamppost. The historical movement known as “The Age of Enlightenment” or “Age of Reason,” to which Newton belonged, translates to “the Century of Light” in French, light being a synonym of reason and darkness suspected of belonging to witchcraft and magic.

@ Véronique Ducharme, 2018

Michel de Broin deepens his cross-disciplinary practice by developing an ever-expanding visual vocabulary. His approach to production explores the intersections between technological, biological, and physical systems. Crafting unforeseen relationships between waste, productivity, consumption and risk, de Broin challenges the use-value and conventional associations of familiar objects and symbols: he infuse them new meaning and develops new contexts.

His work has been exhibited at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; the Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne; France; the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; the Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg; the Museum Tinguely, Basel; the Centre d’art Villa Arson, Nice; at Eyebeam, New York; and at the Hessel Museum of Art, New York. His work is held in several museums and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal; the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; the City of Montreal; the FRAC Poitou Charentes, France; and the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Germany.

His public art works and commissions include Dendrites, 2017, Montreal; Threshold, 2017, Montréal; Interlude, 2016, Québec city; Bloom, 2015, Calgary;  Possibilities, 2012, Mississauga; Interlace, 2012, Changwong; Majestic, 2011, New Orleans; Revolution, 2010, Rennes; Arch, Montréal, 2009; La maîtresse de la Tour Eiffel, 2009, Paris; Overflow, 2008, Toronto; Encircling, Christchurch, 2006; Shared Propulsion Car, 2005, New York and 2007, Toronto; Révolutions, 2003, Parc Maisonneuve-Cartier, Montréal. 

Recipient of the 2007 Sobey Art Award, de Broin has also received grants from Canada Council for the Arts, the Harpo Foundation (Los Angeles) and Krasner-Pollock Foundation (New York), and was awarded a residency at International Studio and Curatorial Program (New York), the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Acme studio (London) and Villa Arson (Nice). 

He is represented by the Galerie Division, Montreal.

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