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

Martyr - © kamel mennour
Martyr, 2017
Instant Gratification - © kamel mennour
Instant Gratification, 2011
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, Bruxelles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, La Verrière, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Bruxelles, 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

Michel François  - De Pont - © kamel mennour
Michel François, The Route is Being Recalculated
2 June 2020 — 3 January 2021
De Pont Museum, Tilburg
Michel François - BOZAR - © kamel mennour
Michel François, Danser brut
24 September 2020 — 10 January 2021
BOZAR | Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels
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
Tralala l'art - © kamel mennour
Michel François, François Morellet, Tralala l’Art
2 June — 29 November 2020
Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée, La Louvière
Ann Veronica Janssens  - Frac Bretagne - © kamel mennour
Michel François, Ann Veronica Janssens, Claude Lévêque, EX.PDF : Exposer les écritures exposées
19 September — 5 November 2020
Frac Bretagne, Rennes
Recyclage-Surcyclage - © kamel mennour
Bertrand Lavier, Neïl Beloufa, Michel François, Recyclage-Surcyclage
22 May — 1 November 2020
Fondation Villa Datris, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Group show - © kamel mennour
Neïl Beloufa, Michel François, Petrit Halilaj, Camille Henrot, Tadashi Kawamata, Alicja Kwade, Claude Lévêque, Ugo Rondinone, Group show
3 — 12 October 2020
kamel mennour, 6 rue du Pont de Lodi, Paris 6
Michel François - La Halle Verrière - © kamel mennour
Michel François, Michel François
20 June — 20 September 2020
Halle Verrière, Meisenthal
From Home - © kamel mennour
Group show, From Home
3 — 20 April 2020
Viewing room
View of the group show “Mask”, kamel mennour (51 Brook Street), London, 2018

© ADAGP Michel François
© Petrit Halilaj
© ADAGP Camille Henrot
© ADAGP Bertrand Lavier
© Matthew Lutz‑Kinoy
© ADAGP Pierre Molinier
© Ugo Rondinone
Photo. archives kamel mennour
Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris/London - © kamel mennour
Group show, Mask
28 June — 28 July 2018
kamel mennour, 51 Brook Street, London
Michel François - © kamel mennour
Michel François, Michel François
3 September — 8 October 2016
kamel mennour, 28 avenue Matignon, Paris 8
Winter show - © kamel mennour
Group show, Winter show
11 December 2015 — 23 January 2016
kamel mennour, 47 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris 6
Philaetchouri, 
Ann Veronica Janssens-Michel François
La verrière, fondation Hermès, 2015
Photo Isabelle Arthuis 
(Exhibition in four hands, collaborative works/installation) - © kamel mennour
Michel François, Ann Veronica Janssens, Philaetchouri
7 February — 15 April 2015
La Verrière Hermès, Brussels

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