Jean-Michel Folon

One of the most internationally beloved artists, illustrator-painter-graphic designer Jean-Michel Folon (Uccle, 1934 - Monte Carlo, 2005) began to make his first sculptural pieces in the late Eighties. In 1990 the Metropolitan Museum in New York held a show of his first "objects" carved in wood, worked and painted while his strictly sculptural work, for the most part cast in bronze, was presented at the Pedrera, Barcelona in 1993. Many of his monumental scale works in marble were carried out in Pietrasanta where an overview of his three-dimensional work was held in 1999. The next year witnessed an exhibition of his large-scale works in Plaza del Commercio in Lisbon, as well as the inauguration of the Fondation Folon located in the parc Solvay, outside Brussels. Folon's permanent sculpture can be seen at the Casinò in Knokke - Le Zoute, Belgium; Parc Royal, Brussels; Brussels International airport.

Recalling some of his most important retrospectives, we recall the ones held at: La Defense, Paris (1984); Museo Marino Marini, Florence (1990); Bunkamura Museum, Tokyo(1995); Museo Olimpico di Lausanne (1996); Museo Giorgio Morandi, Bologna (1996); Forte Belevedere, Florence in the summer of 2005.

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