Le Monde de Folon marks the return of Jean-Michel Folon to France, the country he called home for most of his life. After the one organised at the Musée Ungerer in Strasbourg in 2022, which honoured the artist’s illustration work and commitment, this new exhibition at La Saline Royale offers a broad panorama of his art. His works are on display in this exceptional heritage site throughout the summer.
Each exhibition is the reflection of an encounter. This one is the result of a dialogue between the respective scientific teams at the Saltworks and the Fondation Folon. The exchanges have nourished the subject and renewed the view, sometimes in surprising ways.
Whether through his posters, his illustrations, his television animations or his many exhibitions, Jean-Michel Folon (1934-2005) marked the collective imagination of the last third of the 20th century worldwide. A humanist, he leaves a figurative and poetic work, anchored in traditional techniques and, therefore, atypical in an artistic panorama dominated by conceptual art. His initially very dark universe evolves, alongside his campaigns for human rights or environmental awareness, towards an appeasement from the 1980s. In 2000, he created the Fondation Folon in the Solvay Regional Estate in La Hulpe to serve as a museum for his work.
Like Claude-Nicolas Ledoux who builds architecture to “awaken the senses”, Jean-Michel Folon initiates a broad artistic language, overflowing with a tireless curiosity for very different graphic universes denouncing the evils of contemporary society. The exhibition at the Royal Saltworks will present more than two hundred works from the Fondation Folon and will retrace more than fifty years of artistic quest.