In spring, Brussels is honouring the Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon and celebrating the 90th anniversary of his birth with a series of events and exhibitions around the Belgian capital. A native of Brussels, Folon left Belgium when he was 21 and very quickly gained international recognition.
Between February and September, three Brussels museums and the Fondation Folon are offering an opportunity to rediscover the many aspects of this multi-faceted artist, designer, illustrator, painter, poet and sculptor who, eschewing the dominant artistic conventions, excelled in many different techniques and blurred the boundary between genres.
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Folon discovered Magritte when he was 20 years old, and it was a revelation. “You really can do anything in painting. Even invent mysteries”, he thought. This exhibition highlights the resonances between the works, language, links and distinctive features of the two great Belgian artists.
This exhibition presents a little-known and exciting aspect of the universe of Jean-Michel Folon, an artist who was interested in different techniques and a compulsive collector, a lover of objects. It will be held in the majestic and intimate setting of one of the first houses designed by Horta.
In the 1960s, Folon worked on a regular basis for the famous Italian company Olivetti, a leader not only in technological, but also artistic and social innovation. An insight into the world of advertising design during a progressive period.
The exhibition is organised by the Museo Civico Garda and the Associazione Archivio Storico Olivetti in Ivrea, Italy, in partnership with the Fondation Folon and the Design Museum Brussels.