François Morellet has had a series of 7 stained glasses, which he designed, installed in the Musee du Louvre in Paris. The opening was on Jan. 26th & 27th with a speech from the French Ministry of Culture, Frederic Mitterand.
François has also been invited for a one man show at the Musee Georges Pompidou at Beaubourg from March 1st 2011.
François Morellet is one of the most famous living artists and the most important minimal artist in Europe, on the same level as Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Sol Lewitt.
He was born in Cholet, France, in 1926.
By 1950 François Morellet was styling himself as an “abstract” painter. A fan of mathematics he was more interested in method than in the finished painting. From 1960 to 1968 he joined the G.R.A.V. (Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel), a group of Kinetic artists who explored the possibilities of the visual arts in a scientific and experimental way.
Determined to find a new medium of expression Morellet used neon from 1963 as his material of choice being mostly interested in the luminosity of this specific material.
From 1968 he became interested in architecture and space. Following mathematical and aleatoric principles, Morellet allowed chance to transform his painted constructions into an aesthetic disorder.
Globally his provocative stance and unlimited sense of humor place his work closer to Dada than to the Geometric Abstraction and Minimal art.
He has gained an international reputation, especially in France, Germany and Italy, and his work has been commissioned for public and private collections in many European countries, and the U.S.A.
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