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Michel François

Michel François uses an economy of means to transform seemingly uncomplicated objects and materials, or traces of past events, into deeply resonant carriers of meaning. His sculptures can be seen as an exploration of cause and effect, and the ways in which simple gestures can change the status of an object or have important consequences.

Michel François (b.1956, Saint-Trond) lives and works in Brussels. Among countless international exhibitions, he has presented projects at the Havana Biennial (2015), the Belgian Pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennale (1999), the 22nd São Paulo Biennial (1994) and documenta IX in Kassel (1992). He has had solo exhibitions at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona;  Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Haus der Kunst, Munich. He has participated in group exhibitions at venues such as Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; Tapei Fine Art Museum, Taipei; Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Fondation Hermès, Brussels. 

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Michel François 
Plans d'evasion
ROMA Publication, Amsterdam, 2010 
ISBN: 9789-0774-5941-6360 

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Michel Francois 
Pieces of Evidence
Ikon Gallery Limited, 2014 
Herbert Martin, Michel Francois 
ISBN: 978-1-904864-87-564 

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Michel François,  Instant drawing , 2018 
Burnt wooden cube, 40 x 422 x 40 cm

Michel François, Instant drawing, 2018
Burnt wooden cube, 40 x 422 x 40 cm

Michel François,  Unchained , 2018 
Oxidated and brushed iron, 30 x 33 x 62 cm 
unique

Michel François, Unchained, 2018
Oxidated and brushed iron, 30 x 33 x 62 cm
unique

Michel François,  One Another (football) , 2018 
Chair, leather jacket, football, 2 parts 
ball: 23cm Ø, chair: 100 x 55 x 48cm 
unique

Michel François, One Another (football), 2018
Chair, leather jacket, football, 2 parts
ball: 23cm Ø, chair: 100 x 55 x 48cm
unique

Michel François,  Materialization of tongues , 2018 
Bronze, 2 parts, each 26 x 10 x 5 cm

Michel François, Materialization of tongues, 2018
Bronze, 2 parts, each 26 x 10 x 5 cm

Michel François, Parpaing (concrete block), 2018 
Tabacco and concrete 
Concrete 80 x 32 x 32 cm / Tobacco 24,9 x 6 x 4,9 cm

Michel François, Parpaing (concrete block), 2018
Tabacco and concrete
Concrete 80 x 32 x 32 cm / Tobacco 24,9 x 6 x 4,9 cm

Michel François,  Instant Gratification , 2017 
Bronze, 104 x 169 cm

Michel François, Instant Gratification, 2017
Bronze, 104 x 169 cm

Michel François,  Shiny corner , 2017, tin, dimensions variable

Michel François, Shiny corner, 2017, tin, dimensions variable

Michel François,  Contigu , 2016 
Plaster, sponge and ink, 97 x 12 cm

Michel François, Contigu, 2016
Plaster, sponge and ink, 97 x 12 cm

Michel François,  Instant Gratification , 2013 
bronze, 200 x 159 cm, unique

Michel François, Instant Gratification, 2013
bronze, 200 x 159 cm, unique

Michel François,  Pringle Tree , 2016 
brass and gold, 240 x 200 x 200 cm

Michel François, Pringle Tree, 2016
brass and gold, 240 x 200 x 200 cm

Michel François, Untitled, 2015 
aluminium cast, 117 x 20 x 16 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Untitled, 2015
aluminium cast, 117 x 20 x 16 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Untitled, 2015 
aluminium cast, 117 x 20 x 16 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Untitled, 2015
aluminium cast, 117 x 20 x 16 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Untitled, 2015 
aluminium cast, 87 x 43 x 7 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Untitled, 2015
aluminium cast, 87 x 43 x 7 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Untitled, 2015 
aluminium cast, 87 x 43 x 7 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Untitled, 2015
aluminium cast, 87 x 43 x 7 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Froissé, 2015 
aluminum cast, 120 x 90 x 15 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Froissé, 2015
aluminum cast, 120 x 90 x 15 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Asphalt, 2015 
aluminium cast, 107 x 24 x 24 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Asphalt, 2015
aluminium cast, 107 x 24 x 24 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Asphalt, 2015 
aluminium cast, 107 x 24 x 24 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Asphalt, 2015
aluminium cast, 107 x 24 x 24 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Asphalt, 2015 
aluminium cast, 107 x 24 x 24 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Asphalt, 2015
aluminium cast, 107 x 24 x 24 cm, unique edition

Michel François,  now or never (The speakers corner project) , 2005 
c-print, 180 x 120 cm

Michel François, now or never (The speakers corner project), 2005
c-print, 180 x 120 cm

Michel François,  Ink Revenge , 2016 
Inkjet print on canvas and Chinese ink, 250 x 170 cm, unique edition

Michel François, Ink Revenge, 2016
Inkjet print on canvas and Chinese ink, 250 x 170 cm, unique edition

Michel François,  Instant gratification (aluminium) , 2010 
aluminium dripping, 210 x 210 x 0,5 cm

Michel François, Instant gratification (aluminium), 2010
aluminium dripping, 210 x 210 x 0,5 cm

Michel François,  To burn (shelves, bread) , 2013 
burned wood bronze cast, 320 x 240 x 200 cm

Michel François, To burn (shelves, bread), 2013
burned wood bronze cast, 320 x 240 x 200 cm

Michel François,  Pièce détachée , 2010 
steel, magnets, 250 x 250 x 250 cm

Michel François, Pièce détachée, 2010
steel, magnets, 250 x 250 x 250 cm

Michel François,  To paint (neon line) , 2013 
neon, paint, 2 x 600 x 2 cm

Michel François, To paint (neon line), 2013
neon, paint, 2 x 600 x 2 cm

Michel François,  To erode (sand) , 2013 
sand cast, 26 x 80 x 170 cm

Michel François, To erode (sand), 2013
sand cast, 26 x 80 x 170 cm

Michel François,  One from the other , 2013 
aluminum, aluminum coated with red epoxy, 111 x 90 x 115 cm

Michel François, One from the other, 2013
aluminum, aluminum coated with red epoxy, 111 x 90 x 115 cm

Michel François,  Scribble , 2010 
aluminium, plaster, indian ink, 250 x 400 x 142 cm

Michel François, Scribble, 2010
aluminium, plaster, indian ink, 250 x 400 x 142 cm

Michel François,  Souffles dans le verre - Argenté , 2006 
blown silver glass balloons of different size suspended with nylon threads 
360 x 140 x 140 cm 
Edition of 3

Michel François, Souffles dans le verre - Argenté, 2006
blown silver glass balloons of different size suspended with nylon threads
360 x 140 x 140 cm
Edition of 3

Michel François,  Le Pavillon , 2002, rectangular glass volume, black plasticine, 290 x 250 x 300 cm 
Michel François retrospective,  Plans d’évasion,  Exhibition view at SMAK, Gent, Belgium, 2009

Michel François, Le Pavillon, 2002, rectangular glass volume, black plasticine, 290 x 250 x 300 cm
Michel François retrospective, Plans d’évasion, Exhibition view at SMAK, Gent, Belgium, 2009