Michel François

Born in 1956 in Sint-Truiden (Belgium), MICHEL FRANÇOIS lives and works between Brussels (Belgium) and Paris (France). François’s interest lies in exploring a variety of media including installation, video, sculpture and photography, often combined and linked to create a larger idea. Through these various techniques and materials, François comments on the relationships and contradictions that we face in our public and private lives. Some are more formal such as convex versus concave forms, the connection between the external and the internal, light versus dark. Others focus on political “truths” versus deception and/or manipulation. Central to the artist’s work is the reconsideration of simple known images, objects or banal iconography. Kamel Mennour and Michel François have been working together since 2011.

His work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, CRAC in Sète, CCC in Tours, IAC in Villeurbanne, SMAK in Gand, Mac’ of Grand Hornu, De Pont Museum in Tilburg, CCA in Kitakyushu; Vox in Montreal; Gulbenkian Museum in Lisboa; Kunstverein in Münster; Kunsthalle in Bern; Haus der Kunst in Munich; Witte de With in Rotterdam; Miró Foundation in Barcelona; Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels; as well as group exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, at documenta IX, at the Venice Biennale in 1999, the Mamco in Geneva, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, at Casino and Mudam in Luxembourg as well as in different biennales as in Istanbul, Seoul and Johannesburg.

Works

Exhibition view, Halle Verrière, Meisenthal - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Halle Verrière, Meisenthal, 2021
Instant Gratification - © kamel mennour
Instant Gratification, 2011
Exhibition view, Halle Verrière, Meisenthal - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Halle Verrière, Meisenthal, 2021
Martyr - © kamel mennour
Martyr, 2017
Sans titre 7 - © kamel mennour
Sans titre 7, 2015
Instant Gratification (chips tree on wood) - © kamel mennour
Instant Gratification (chips tree on wood), 2016
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2014
Souffles dans le verre (noir) - © kamel mennour
Souffles dans le verre (noir), 2006
Exhibition view, De Pont Museum, Tilburg - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, De Pont Museum, Tilburg, 2004
Froissé - © kamel mennour
Froissé, 2012
Contigu - © kamel mennour
Contigu, 2010
Exhibition view, Crac Sète - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Crac Sète, 2012
Installation view, Golden Cage, Art Unlimited, Art Basel - © kamel mennour
Installation view, Golden Cage, Art Unlimited, Art Basel, 2008
Peanuts - © kamel mennour
Peanuts, 2013
Souffle dans le verre - © kamel mennour
Souffle dans le verre, 2016
Exhibition view, La Verrière, Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Brussels - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, La Verrière, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Brussels, 2015
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2016
Sans titre 3 - © kamel mennour
Sans titre 3, 2014
Contamination - © kamel mennour
Contamination, 2012
Permanent installation, Lieu-dit, Lormont - © kamel mennour
Permanent installation, Lieu-dit, Lormont, 2006
Sans Titre (Tâches de plâtre assemblées) - © kamel mennour
Sans Titre (Tâches de plâtre assemblées), 2010
Sans titre 6 - © kamel mennour
Sans titre 6, 2015
Exhibition view, S.M.A.K., Ghent - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, S.M.A.K., Ghent, 2009
Instant Gratification 5 - © kamel mennour
Instant Gratification 5, 2016
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2014
Le monde et les bras - © kamel mennour
Le monde et les bras, 1996
Infini - © kamel mennour
Infini, 2016
Exhibition view, S.M.A.K., Ghent - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, S.M.A.K., Ghent, 2009
Sans titre 4 - © kamel mennour
Sans titre 4, 2014
Exhibition view, CCCOD, Tours - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, CCCOD, Tours, 2011
Soufflés dans le verre - Transparent - © kamel mennour
Soufflés dans le verre - Transparent, 2002
Sculpture à l’aveugle (wall) - © kamel mennour
Sculpture à l’aveugle (wall), 2015
Enroulement 2 - © kamel mennour
Enroulement 2, 2016
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2011
Scribble - © kamel mennour
Scribble, 2011
Exhibition view, WIELS, Brussels - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, WIELS, Brussels, 2017
Contamination line - © kamel mennour
Contamination line, 2017
Exhibition view, Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido, 2015
Souffles dans le verre (argenté) - © kamel mennour
Souffles dans le verre (argenté), 2006
Ink Revenge (Octopus) - © kamel mennour
Ink Revenge (Octopus), 2000—2013
Exhibition view, CCA Kitakyushu - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, CCA Kitakyushu, 2003
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2014
Sans titre - © kamel mennour
Sans titre, 2005
Instant Gratification 3 - © kamel mennour
Instant Gratification 3, 2012
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2011
Enroulement - © kamel mennour
Enroulement, 2010
Exhibition view, Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Rennes - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Rennes, 2016
Exhibition view, CRAC Sète - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, CRAC Sète, 2012
Scribble 2 - © kamel mennour
Scribble 2, 2011
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2016
Sans titre 5 - © kamel mennour
Sans titre 5, 2010
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2011
Instant Gratification 2 - © kamel mennour
Instant Gratification 2, 2012
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2011
Sans titre 2 - © kamel mennour
Sans titre 2, 2011
Bois martyrs - © kamel mennour
Bois martyrs, 2017
Instant Gratification 4 - © kamel mennour
Instant Gratification 4, 2016
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2011
Enroulement coloré - © kamel mennour
Enroulement coloré, 2016

Exhibitions & News

Jours blancs - © kamel mennour
Group show, Jours blancs
18 October — 27 November 2021
Opening 18 October 2021, 18:00 — 00
kamel mennour, 47 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris 6
kamel mennour, 28 avenue Matignon, Paris 8
Michel François - Espace d’art François Auguste Ducros - © kamel mennour
Michel François, Danièle Orcier, Les lignes du désir
19 May — 31 October 2021
Espace d’art François-Auguste Ducros, Grignan
Michel François - Conflans-Sainte-Honorine - © kamel mennour
Michel François, Des éclats
2 July 2021 — 30 June 2022
Conflans-Sainte-Honorine
Centre Pompidou Shanghai - © kamel mennour
Daniel Buren, Michel François, Alberto Giacometti, Lee Ufan, François Morellet, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Zineb Sedira, Shen Yuan, Centre Pompidou × West Bund Museum Project
5 November 2019 — 19 November 2024
Shanghai
Michel François - Château d'Oiron - © kamel mennour
Michel François, Bertrand Lavier, Pierre Molinier, Grand bazar - choix de Jean-Hubert Martin dans la collection Antoine de Galbert
27 June — 3 October 2021
Château d'Oiron
Michel François & Ugo Rondinone - Lustwarande - © kamel mennour
Michel François, Ugo Rondinone, Stations
3 July — 3 October 2021
Lustwarande - Platform for Contemporary Sculpture, Tilburg
Michel François - Halle Verrière - © kamel mennour
Michel François, Panoptique
3 July — 19 September 2021
Halle Verrière, Meisenthal
Le noir et blanc dans la Collection Pinault - © kamel mennour
Michel François, Bertrand Lavier, François Morellet, Au-delà de la couleur, le noir et blanc dans la Collection Pinault
12 June — 29 August 2021
Couvent des Jacobins, Rennes
Group show - © kamel mennour
Mohamed Bourouissa, Daniel Buren, Michel François, Camille Henrot, Anish Kapoor, Tadashi Kawamata, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Philippe Parreno, Ugo Rondinone, Group show
16 January — 6 March 2021
kamel mennour, 47 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris 6
Group show - © kamel mennour
Mohamed Bourouissa, Daniel Buren, Latifa Echakhch, Michel François, Camille Henrot, Anish Kapoor, Lee Ufan, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, François Morellet, Group show
13 January — 6 March 2021
kamel mennour, 6 rue du Pont de Lodi, Paris 6
On the Razor’s Edge - © kamel mennour
Valentin Carron, Michel François, Douglas Gordon, Petrit Halilaj, Alfredo Jaar, Ugo Rondinone, On the Razor’s Edge
18 August 2020 — 14 February 2021
Museo Jumex, Mexico
Michel François - BOZAR - © kamel mennour
Michel François, Danser brut
24 September 2020 — 10 January 2021
BOZAR | Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels
Michel François  - De Pont - © kamel mennour
Michel François, The Route is Being Recalculated
2 June 2020 — 3 January 2021
De Pont Museum, Tilburg

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