Smak, Ghent

Michel François, Hand on Map, 2008.

Smak, Ghent

Michel François


October 10, 2009–January 3, 2010

Institut d’Art Contemporain
1 rue Docteur Dolard
March 12–May 9, 2010

Curated by Guillaume Désanges and Philippe Van Cauteren

As a coda to “Faux Jumeux”—Michel François’s yearlong curatorial project for SMAK—the Belgian artist will stage a survey of his own work. Throughout his career, François has repeated forms and recombined work, pursuing themes across several exhibitions, such that his practice might best be described as a long-term, rhizomatic exploration of sculptural possibility. His first major survey brings together some fifty heterogeneous pieces made since the late 1980s, promising a good overview of this evolving sculptural lexicon and of the interrelated strands of François’s definitively open-ended and conceptually complex pursuit. A catalogue with essays by the curators, an interview by Jean-Paul Jacquet, and excerpts from Adolfo Bioy Casares’s novel A Plan for Escape accompanies the show.