Henri Michaux

Galerie Lelong | Zurich

Under the title “Peinture–Ecriture” (Painting–Writing) this exhibition brought together 100 works by Henri Michaux, a French artist of Belgian origin who died in 1984. It documented the last thirty years of his artistic career. Michaux belongs to that illustrious group, the poet-painters and painter-poets, but his visual work is hardly ever an illustration of his poetic work. Similarly, his writing can hardly ever be seen as a description or a reflexion of his paintings—that is, when the essence of painting does not itself become the theme of his reflections. His paintings remain independent from his poetry, without, however, forming a completely separate body of work, for there are certainly affinities between both realms of expression. Indeed, in a certain way, one realm is the opposite of the other, like the two sides of a medal. But perhaps it would be more accurate to say that one “

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