Extra-murosMUSÉEE TOMI UNGERER — CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DE L’ILLUSTRATION, STRASBOURG, FRANCE.
This exhibition, which was held at the Musée Tomi Ungerer-Centre International de l’Illustration in Strasbourg, traced 40 years of Folon’s multifaceted art through 150 original works and documents. An unprecedented exhibition, it focused on unexpected and little-known aspects of the Belgian artist, who is too often only known for his idents for the French TV channel Antenne 2.
Folon’s work, with its condemnation of the great ills of contemporary society, undoubtedly falls into the genre of satirical drawing. The Belgian artist took a special interest in humankind’s place in the environment, and so he created a little man, a recurrent character in his work, who inhabits a labyrinthine and mechanised universe. Folon campaigned for political and social causes, as exemplified by his press illustrations for the The New Yorker, Time and L’Express, and his posters for organisations such as Amnesty International. His critical take on the world developed from a vision in black Indian ink on a white background to the hues of watercolour.