Folon. Un rêveur engage


Temporary exhibition at the Musée Tomi Ungerer-Centre international de l’Illustration in Strasbourg. Until July 3, 2022.

Dedicated to the Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon (1934-2005), this exhibition retraces 40 years of multifaceted creation, thanks to 150 original works and documents. Discover the unexpected and little-known aspects of this artist, too often assimilated to his credits for the French television channel Antenne 2.

It is in the register of satirical drawing that Folon’s work is fully inscribed: he has endeavored to illustrate the great evils of contemporary society with diversified modes of expression. His critical vision of the world is all the more highlighted as he uses a sober line in black ink, a technique he alternates with that of watercolour. He was particularly interested in the place of humans in their environment and for this purpose created a character, which has become a fetish, who evolves in a labyrinthine and mechanized universe. He was also committed to political and social causes as shown by his press illustrations for The New Yorker, Time and L’Express, and his posters, among others for Amnesty International and the Declaration of Human Rights. War, nuclear power, violence and totalitarianism in all their forms constitute an iconography that appears repeatedly in Folon.

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