François Morellet, L'Avalanche (The Avalanche), 1996, thirty-six blue neon tubes, white high-voltage cable, 157 x 157".


François Morellet

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
March 2–July 4

Curated by Serge Lemoine and Alfred Pacquement

To be given a full retrospective at the Centre Pompidou during one’s lifetime is a perilous prospect, however flattering. Yet such weight does not encumber François Morellet, the great figure in postwar French geometric abstraction, who a few years back foiled a supposedly career-spanning show at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris by presenting only works from 1952 alongside enlarged replicas fabricated for the show. At the Pompidou, however, the intervening years will be represented at last, as the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV) cofounder is to offer more than twenty-five of his large-scale site-specific pieces from the past four decades. Restaging these works (in neon, wood, projected light, taped-off walls, and other materials), Morellet is poised to reveal the breadth of his markedly playful technical repertoire.

Translated from French by Molly Stevens.