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carlier | gebauer: MICHEL FRANÇOIS - 12 Dec 2010 to 29 Jan 2011

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12 Dec 2010 to 29 Jan 2011
Tuesday to Saturday,11 am - 6 pm
carlier | gebauer
Markgrafenstraße 67
D-10969
Berlin
Germany
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Artists in this exhibition: MICHEL FRANÇOIS


Michel François

Saturday 11th December - 29th January 2011
Opening: Friday 10th December 18:00 - 20:00


carlier | gebauer is glad to announce its 8th solo exhibition with Belgian artist Michel François. The show will open on December 10th, 2010 at 6pm on Markgrafenstraße 67, and will be on view until February, 2011.

Questioning the formal rhetoric of the classical genre of sculpture, Michel François‘s work presents both industrial strengh and sublime fragility, as to consistently explore the potential offered by each material in terms of space, volume and balance. This oscillation between extremes - inside/outside, humble/luxurious, intimate/public - presents its beholder‘s art with an elegantly obsolescent taste, which, observed more closely, brings to light a series of strong bonds between the pieces, and a poetic dialog with the space they are placed in.

Over the last three decades, Michel François realized numerous institutional exhibitions and took part in major large-scale events such as the 48th Venice Biennial, Documenta IX in Kassel, or the São Paulo Biennial XXI.

Michel François’s show at carlier | gebauer will stage a fundamental meditation of the artist on his own recent spatial strategies. The exhibition presents a threefold artistic structure, in which a broken windowpane will welcome visitors at the entrance of the gallery, referring to the artist's retrospective at Villeurbanne‘s Institut d‘Art Contemporain and at SMAK (Gent) "Plans d'évasion" (2009-2010), while the installation in the left gallery space engages on a material level with this monographic exhibition-format. In the right gallery space, large- as well as small-scale sculptures manifest the artist‘s formal choices in several modalities.







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