Mimi Parent

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Mimi Parent
Born Marie Parent
September 8, 1924
Montréal, Canada[1]
Died June 14, 2005(2005-06-14) (aged 80)
Occupation Artist

Mimi Parent (September 8, 1924 – June 14, 2005) was a Canadian surrealist artist. For many years she lived and worked in Paris, France. Her art is known for its symbolism, and the metaphorical use of existing objects, including human hair.[2][3][4]

Early life

Lucien Parent's children.

Parent was born Marie Parent in Montreal, Quebec. [5] She was the eighth of the nine children of architect Lucien Parent. Between 1942 and 1947 she studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal where she met her future husband, fellow art student Jean Benoît. Parent was later expelled from the school after joining a controversial artists' group.[6]


In 1947 she had her first one-woman exhibition at the Dominion Gallery in Montreal which received praise from Time Magazine.

In 1948 she received the Cézanne medal. That year she married Benoit, and the two moved to Paris.[7][8] She exhibited at the "Surrealist intrusion into the Enchanter's Domain" in New York in 1960 and in 1966 had a solo exhibition at the "Maya" gallery in Brussels. She also exhibited in Chicago, London, Lausanne and Frankfurt. She assisted with the organization of the "Exposition inteRnatiOnale du Surréalisme" (EROS), which ran in Paris from December 1959 to the following February; although this is often attributed to Duchamp, she came up with the ideas for the exhibit catalogue, titled Boite Alerte – Missives Lascives, which was presented as a green box into which ideas could be 'posted'.[9]

She lived and worked in Paris, France. She died 14 June 2005 in Switzerland. Her ashes were scattered by her husband Jean Benoît at Château de Lacoste the estate of the Marquis de Sade in Haute-Provence.[10]


  1. ^ "Parent, Mimi". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2015-12-21.
  2. ^ Laurent Dhennequin; Guillaume Gernez; Jessica Giraud (2009). Objets et symboles: de la culture matérielle à l'espace culturel : actes de la 1re Journée doctorale d'archéologie, Paris, 20 mai 2006. Publications de la Sorbonne. p. 52. ISBN 978-2-85944-622-2.
  3. ^ Gregory Minissale (10 October 2013). The Psychology of Contemporary Art. Cambridge University Press. p. 172. ISBN 978-1-107-47009-5.
  4. ^ Kristoffer Noheden (28 June 2017). Surrealism, Cinema, and the Search for a New Myth. Springer. p. 144. ISBN 978-3-319-55501-0.
  5. ^ "Great Works: Maîtresse, 1996, by Mimi Parent". The Independent, Michael Glover, 27 October 2012
  6. ^ "Mimi Parent". The Times, August 11 2005.
  7. ^ "Mimi Parent, artiste surréaliste". Le Monde, June 17, 2005.
  8. ^ Bill Marshall (2005). France and the Americas. ABC-CLIO. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-85109-411-0.
  9. ^ ", 'Boîte alerte' 1959". Tate. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  10. ^ Jean Benoît s'éteint à Paris | René Viau, collaboration spéciale | Arts visuels. Cyberpresse.ca. Retrieved on 2011-02-25.

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