Press release - For Immediate Release

Montreal, April 22, 2024 – A new sculpture series, Le Mignonisme by Philippe Katerine, is coming to the Quartier des Spectacles and downtown Montreal from May 7 to September 29, 2024. Montrealers, festivalgoers and visitors will see the rosy side of life all summer with this quirky, poetic and funny artistic experience! In addition to the sculptures, Philippe Katerine and Philippe Eveno will give a free presentation/concert, in collaboration with Place des Arts, on May 7 in the Cinquième Salle. Family-oriented creative workshops will also be offered during the summer season for free to encourage people to explore the playful world of Mignonisme. Discover the cuteness in everyday life with these touching and humorous creations!

An extraordinary intimate evening with Philippe Katerine and Philippe Eveno

Based on a book* by Philippe Katerine, the presentation/concert will invite the public to learn more about the artist’s philosophical reflections on love and death. In a lighthearted, touching and deeply humane spirit, Katerine will comment on his drawings. Then, Les Frères Philippe – the duo of Philippe Katerine and guitarist Philippe Eveno – will take the audience on a captivating and hilarious musical journey. The event, presented in collaboration with Place des Arts, will take place on May 7 at 8 p.m. in the Cinquième Salle.

Free tickets for this event, Ce que je sais de la mort, Ce que je sais de l’amour, with Les Frères Philippe, will be available starting Monday, April 22, at noon on the Place des Arts website:

A sculpture series for a thoroughly Mignoniste summer

The emblematic figures of Mignonisme, the Monsieur Rose (Mr. Pink) sculptures, created by Philippe Katerine, will be seen in iconic indoor and outdoor spaces in the heart of the city (fountains, building façades, rooftops, etc.). In all, 15 monumental sculptures will form a series from Nouveau Centre to the Quartier des Spectacles, including Place des Arts, Complexe Desjardins and Phillips Square. Visitors will be surprised and delighted by the polymorphous candy-pink figures that invite flights of reverie and imagination.

The sculptures will be accompanied by an original digital projection created by Montreal artist Jérémy Fassio in collaboration with Philippe Katerine, projecting Monsieur Rose figures on the façades of Édifice WILDER – Espace Danse and the wall outside Saint-Laurent metro station. The work will also be shown on the mosaic of screens inside Place des Arts, in a version enhanced with illustrations and music by Philippe Katerine.

Family workshops to explore Mignonisme

To introduce children to the playful artistic movement that is Mignonisme, several free creative workshops will be presented over the course of the summer in the Esplanade Tranquille pavilion. Participants will discover the work of Philippe Katerine through an educational booklet and have the chance to express their creativity with the artist’s Mignoniste drawings as a starting point and to create miniature Monsieur Rose figures. The first workshop will be held on May 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with Philippe Eveno present.

Sculpture series: Le Mignonisme by Philippe Katerine

May 7 to September 29, 2024
In the Quartier des Spectacles and throughout downtown Montreal.


Le Mignonisme by Philippe Katerine is a presentation of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership with the collaboration of rentingART, the agency organising the international tour of Mignonisme works. This project is made possible by the financial support and collaboration of the borough of Ville-Marie, Nouveau Centre by Ivanhoé Cambridge, Place des Arts, Complexe Desjardins, Montréal centre-ville and the Ville de Montréal.

*Ce que je sais de la mort, ce que je sais de l’amour, Philippe Katerine, HÉLIUM (2017)


The Quartier des Spectacles is Montréal’s cultural heart, boasting North America’s most concentrated and diverse group of cultural venues as well as numerous festivals and events. The Quartier also hosts innovative urban installations involving cutting-edge lighting design and immersive environments. The Quartier des Spectacles has become an international showcase for digital public art.

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization with more than 85 members active in the district. It is responsible for animating the Quartier des Spectacles by programming cultural activities, managing and animating public spaces, providing distinctive illumination and promoting the Quartier as a must-visit cultural destination. The Partnership benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal.

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Mélanie Mingotaud
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Chloé Goldstein
Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
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