The Sculptures

Jean-Michel Folon, Renzo Piano, Stéphanie Angelroth, Marilena Pasquali, Allison Michel, Isabelle Douillet – de Pange, and Marie Resseler

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The extraordinary sculptures of Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon

The first half of Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon’s (1934–2005) career was devoted to posters, illustrations, and television animations that brought him international acclaim for their diversity and virtuosity; his illustrations appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Fortune, and Esquire. In the 1990s, he pivoted to sculpture, focusing on statuary and working with both direct carving and modeling, which he then translated to bronze or stone. This is the first publication to explore the entirety of Folon’s sculptural work. Drawing inspiration from the Cyclades, the Etruscans, from African masks and Indian totems, Folon’s sculptures are characterized by their frontality and corporality. 

Jean-Michel Folon is a Belgian artist. Renzo Piano is an Italian architect and was a friend of the artist. Stéphanie Angelroth is director of the Folon Foundation. Marilena Pasquali is director of the Morandi Museum in Bologna. Allison Michel is lecturer in the art history department at La Cambre, Brussels. Isabelle Douillet – de Pange is an art historian (UCLouvain). Marie Resseler is an art historian (UCLouvain).



Villers-la-Ville, Brussels
(October 24, 2020–February 21, 2021)                        

ISBN: 9780300257717
Publication Date: February 23, 2021
Publishing Partner: Distributed for Mercatorfonds
208 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 13/16
200 color + b/w illus.

Sales Restrictions: World excluding Benelux

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Photographs by Yiorgis Yerolymbos; Introduction by Renzo Pi

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