1700 La Poste is pleased to present an exhibition dedicated to Montreal sculptor Gilles Mihalcean.
Bringing together more than thirty works created between 1991 and 2021, the exhibition is articulated around the concepts of reversal and redirection. Mihalcean devises imaginary, playful constructions that meld various artistic styles. In works assembled from found and made objects, he modifies the primary function of the elements deployed, diverting their meaning. Confounding our perceptions, his works become visual metaphors, with as many possible narratives as there are viewpoints.

“Mihalcean creates his sculptures primarily through the assemblage of heterogeneous elements, which, gathered up, form a new entity; the properties of the forms and materials used are diverted from their primary function and together produce a new object that is at once imaginary and metaphorical. The artist thereby opens his work to multiple interpretations that act through effects of surprise, unsettling the spectator.”

– Excerpt from “Gilles Mihalcean and Our States of Being,” by Isabelle de Mévius

Recognized for his contribution to the revival of sculpture in the 1980s, Mihalcean takes a poetic and narrative approach to art. With strong roots in Quebec culture, he sets out to provoke critical thought about the nature of the self and its relation to society.

A catalogue with a preface by Isabelle de Mévius features an essay by Laurier Lacroix, an interview with Gilles Mihalcean conducted by Charles Guilbert and texts by the artist.


Born in Montreal in 1946, Gilles Mihalcean has been practicing sculpture for over fifty years. Armed with great know-how, he has achieved national and international acclaim. In 1969, he completes his first artwork (Cancer, 1969), which is acquired by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal the same year. His career as a professional artist is marked by numerous awards and grants. He is notably the laureate of the Prix Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton from the Canada Council for the Arts (1987), the Jean-Paul Riopelle career grant (2005-2007), the Paul-Émile Borduas Award (2011) and, recently, he is awarded a honoris causa doctorate from Concordia University (2019). Gilles Mihalcean is represented by the Laroche/Joncas Gallery.

Gilles Mihalcean’s sculptures were shown in several solo and collective exhibitions in Quebec, Canada, the United States, France and Italy. Notably, his work was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1995. Many of his public art projects adorn the Quebec landscape, including La peur (Place D’Youville, 1993), Monument à la Pointe (Pointe-Saint-Charles, 2001), Printemps (Centre universitaire de santé McGill, 2014), Paquets de lumière (Quartier des spectacles, 2017) and recently Androïdes (Domaine Forget de Charlevoix, 2021).

Renowned for his contribution to the renewal of sculpture in the 1980s, Gilles Mihalcean favours a poetic and narrative approach to art. He creates playful imaginary constructions within which different art styles collide, a reflection of the postmodernist movement. By assembling crafted and found objects, he diverts them from their primary function to shift their meaning. Circumventing the spectator’s perceptions, his sculptures become visual metaphors that can evoke as many narratives as there are vantage points. Strongly attached to his Québécois identity, he strives to inspire philosophical reflections on the nature of Man and his bond to the social body.

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1700 la poste

1700 Notre-Dame Street W
Montreal (Qc) H3J 1M3

Metro station Lucien L’Allier
or Georges-Vanier

How to get there
T. (438) 384-1700
F. (438) 384-1600

The 30th anniversary of Les Impatients at 1700 La Poste

Enchanté∙e ! A look at 30 years of creation and hope

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11AM to 6PM

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Isabelle de Mévius
Executive and Artistic Director

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Administrative Director

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