Simon Belleau

Simon Belleau’s work in sculpture, video, installation and painting borrows from the tropes of theatre and cinematography. The mechanisms that define theatre and politics are often catalysts in his work, with a particular interest in the negotiations that occur between the visible realm of spectacle and what is hidden behind the scenes. Historical events, texts and places often function as starting points from which the projects further explore the philosophical implications of narration, translation, montage and time. 

Museum of Fine Arts is the generous sponsor of Simon Belleau’s studio in 2022. Simon Belleau’s studio was sponsored by the generous support of the Ouellette Foundation in 2021 and of the Audain Foundation in 2019/2020.


Simon Belleau has realized projects for Fonderie Darling (2021); Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (2020); Cassandra Cassandra, Toronto (2020); Parisian Laundry, Montreal (2019); Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, Italy (2018); Galerie René Blouin, Montreal (2018); Sculpture Center, New York City (2018); Raising Cattle, Montreal (2017); Marsèlleria, New York City (2017); Optica, centre d’art contemporain, Montréal (2016); and Vie d’ange, Montreal (2016). Belleau completed an MFA in studio arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, in 2015, where he was the recipient of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust Scholar and Fellow Program. He is also one of the nine laureates of the Fonderie Darling’s 2019-2022 Montreal Studio Program. Since 2019, he is an Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer in Concordia University sculpture department.

Recent exhibitions


For a few acres of snow, solo show, AXENÉO7, Gatineau, QC

Everything Merges, Emerges, then Fades Again, Group show, Fonderie Darling (Place Publique), Montreal 

COMÉDIE, solo show, Cassandra Cassandra gallery, Toronto, ON
La Machine Qui Enseignait Des Airs Aux Oiseaux, group show, Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal

Champs Élysées, Solo exhibition at Parisian Laundry gallery, Montréal

May West, Group show at Vicki, Newburgh NY, USA 

Chicago Invitational Art Fair, Presented by NADA
Parasian Laundry, Chicago (IL)


Laboratorio Aperto, group show, Asilo Sant’Elia, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como Lake (IT)
Du Côté de chez Soon, group show, Galerie René Blouin, Montreal
In practice: Another echo, group show, Sculpture Center, New York (US)
When things become thoughts: a sinkhole in my terraformed mind, group show, MAW Gallery, New York (US)


Bronze près d’or entendit les fersabots, cliquetacier, Raising Cattle, Montreal
Minimal(ist) efforts, group show, Angel Gallery, Toronto, ON
Glimmergate, group show and publication, Marsèlleria Gallery, New York (US)
Indice Éternité II, group show, Ottawa School of Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Cas d’absence, group show, Regart, Lévis, QC


SOIF, Optica centre d’art contemporain, Montreal
La Vie d'Ange, group show, VIE D’ANGE, Montreal
INDEX, group show, Gallery 295, Vancouver, BC