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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, the Belgian Pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennale, 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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Instant Gratification , 2013, bronze, 200 x 159 cm, unique

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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