Original artwork and preparatory documents for Alchimie des ailleurs by Québec sculptor Michel Goulet will be on display from March 16 to May 20 at Musée Rimbaud in Charleville-Mézières, the birthplace of the poet in the Champagne-Ardennes region of France. The exhibit was organized in partnership with the Québec Government Office in Paris and the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, with funding from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Alchimie des ailleurs was commissioned by the city of Charleville-Mézières and was installed on October 1, 2011, on Quai Arthur Rimbaud. To create this work of art, Michel Goulet worked with French-language poets, including Jean-Paul Daoust, whose texts are engraved on the chair-poems next to verses by Arthur Rimbaud.
Born in Asbestos, Michel Goulet is known for his major contributions to public art. He has created over forty permanent works that can be found in places such as Central Park in New York City and Place Roy in Montréal. His installation Voix/Voies, which was first displayed in Le Havre during the Biennial of Contemporary Art in 2006, is now part of the permanent collection of the city of Le Havre.
Michel Goulet received the Paul-Émile-Borduas Award in 1990 and the Governor General’s Award in 2008. The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal devoted a retrospective to him in 2004.
Charleville-Mézières – Rimbaud’s birthplace (in French)