Jean-Michel Alberola

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Born in 1953 in Saïda, Algeria, Jean-Michel Alberola lives and works in Paris. During his thirty-year career he has produced a protean body of work that straddles figurative, abstract and conceptual art. Gouaches, sculptures, artists’ books and films represent the different facets of his exploration of the fragility of beauty, ambiguity of perception, the role of the artist and the purpose of art. With the mixture of humour and lyricism characteristic of an engaged artist, he combines artistic reflections with political and social questions. 





GROUP SHOW — DÉSORDRES – EXTRAITS DE LA COLLECTION ANTOINE DE GALBERT



On the occasion of the group show Désordres – Extraits de la collection Antoine de Galbert, Jean-Michel Alberola and Oda Jaune will be exhibiting their works from March 8, 2024 at the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Lyon. The museum is inviting collector Antoine de Galbert to exhibit more than 250 works from his personal collection.


Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon

From March 8 to July 7, 2024

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GROUP SHOW — LACAN, L’EXPOSITION QUAND L’ART RENCONTRE LA PSYCHANALYSE



As part of the group show Lacan, l’exposition, Quand l’art rencontre la psychanalise curated by Marie-Laure Bernadac and Bernard Marcadé, Jean Michel Alberola will be exhibiting six works from December 31, 2023 at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France.


Centre Pompidou-Metz, France

From December 31, 2023 to May 27, 2024

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GROUP SHOW – HISTOIRES DE PIERRES



On the occasion of the group show Histoires de pierres, Jean-Michel Alberola and Abdelkader Benchamma exhibit their works from October 13, 2023 at Villa Medici in Rome.


Villa Medici, Rome

From October 13, 2023 to. January 14, 2024

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INSTALLATION – LE SEUL ÉTAT DE MES IDÉES



The wall painting Le seul état de mes idées by Jean-Michel Alberola has been installed for a period of 5 years at the Centre national du Livre.


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GROUP SHOW – PIERRE LOTI, ARPENTER L’INTERVALLE



For the Year of Loti in Rochefort in 2023, Jean-Michel Alberola, accompanied by 9 young artists, proposes to reactivate the thoughts of the writer-traveller. Invited to confront Loti’s exotic universe, they will endeavour to give us their own perception of it.


La Corderie Royale de Rochefort, France

From February 10, 2023

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GROUP SHOW – DE LEUR TEMPS, UN REGARD SUR DES COLLECTIONS PRIVÉES



As part of the group show De leur temps at the Frac Grand Large, Jean-Michel Alberola, Oda Jaune, Michael Ray Charles and Prune Nourry will exhibit their works from 28 January to 23 April 2023.


Frac Grand Large, France

From January 28 to April 23, 2023

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SOLO SHOW – Gestalt



Curated by Marion Bataillard, the new exhibition “Gestalt” at the Centre d’art contemporain, àcentmètresducentredumonde presents works by Jean-Michel Alberola. 


àcentmètresducentredumonde, Perpignan

Through October 2, 2022

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SOLO SHOW – Hermès Baby



Combining visual arts and poetry, Jean-Michel Alberola presents a series of works, some of which are specially created for the Passage Sainte-Croix, notably two imposing wall paintings.Some thirty drawings and gouaches take up extracts from the texts of the Beat Generation and are inspired by their cut-up technique by randomly assembling fragments of poetry, colours and thoughts of the artist.


Jean-Michel Alberola - Hermès Baby

Passage Sainte-Croix, Nantes

From April 12 to June 11, 2022

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BOOK SIGNING



On the occasion of our current Jean-Michel Alberola’s exhibition The King of Nothing, The Queen of England, and the Others, we are pleased to invite you to a meeting with the artist and the signing of the catalog of his exhibition Le Fleuve currently on view at the Institut Mémoires de l’édition contemporaine (Imec) at the Abbaye d’Ardenne in Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe (Caen) until September 26, 2021.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2021 FROM 5PM TO 8PM

TEMPLON I 30 RUE BEAUBOURG, 75003 PARIS

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“Le Fleuve” – solo exhibition



The IMEC gave carte blanche to the artist Jean-Michel Alberola for the next exhibition at the Ardenne abbey.

Over the weeks, the artist, whose work is nourished with literature, discovered the undergrounds where the archives are kept. He explored the library, and the reserves and little by little his research took shape around the work of Kafka with the animal of his short story “Le Terrier”.

“When Kafka writes “Le Terrier”, he is the animal just for the time of the writing. Not more, not less. It is the story of an underground place, where, isolated, he can finally write : and isolated he could finaly get out.”

The still unknown drawing of this carte blanche will appear in June at the Ardenne abbey.


From June 4 to September 26, 2021

Ardenne abbey, 14280 Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe, France






EX AFRICA. PRÉSENCES AFRICAINES DANS L’ART D’AUJOURD’HUI – Group show



In an unprecedented visual dialogue, the Ex Africa exhibition brings together more than 150 works by contemporary artists of all generations and origins to decipher the relationships that unite the current scene and ancient African arts since the end of the 20th century.


From February 9 to July 11, 2021

Galerie Jardin, musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, 37 quai Branly, 75007 Paris

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THE LIGHT HOUSE – Group Show



The exhibition The Light House invites the public to experience a succession of personal and collective experiences with light, mostly immersive, through the works of major contemporary artists, spanning nearly 60 years of artistic production. The exhibition revolves around five themes: celestial light, murky light, the experience of colour, the praise of shadow, neon lights and light bulbs.


From October 22, 2020 to April 18, 2021

Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain, Avenue Franklin Rooseveltlaan 67, B - 1050 Brussels

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Tralala l’art – group show



The project Tralala l’art revolves around the question of game in contemporary creation. Some games are indeed visual masterpieces which can be compared to artists’ works. Henceforth, it is important to question the status of these creations, and to question their representation in space. The exhibition organized by the Centre de la gravure et de l’imprimerie, is composed in multiple pieces , among which three pieces of Jean-Michel Alberola, interrogating in a colorful manner, this recent field of creativity. 


From June 2  to November 29, 2020

Centre de la gravure et de l'image, Rue des Amours 10, 7100 La Louvière, Belgique

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ALBEROlaBELLEROJOUX – Group show



While so many points bring them together, and they are important references for the current generation of artists and commentators, Jean-Michel Alberola and Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux have, inexplicably, never been exhibited together.

In the imposing setting of the Convent of the Minimes, seven secular« chapels » will host, like so many chapters of a book, the recent productions of the two artists, in a telescoping worthy of a synchrocyclotron of thought and art. This visual and mental bombardment should allow the viewer to “see”, that is to say to access, even incompletely, even imperfectly, the energetic poetic and political charge lurking in the heart of these works .

(Stéphane Corréard)


LE COUVENT DES MINIMES, PERPIGNAN, FRANCE From 20/06/2019 to 21/07/2019

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Souvenirs de voyage. La collection de Galbert – Group show



The collection of Antoine de Galbert, “soft and luxurious therapy”, as he says himself, highlights his taste for decompartmentalization while reflecting his deepest obsessions. In contrast with a sometimes austere and sanitized vision of contemporary art, this collection does not hesitate to bring together conceptual art and popular cultures, outsider art and emerging artists. Abolishing boundaries and privileging the mixing of genres, Antoine de Galbert likes to find his way off the beaten track considering that the time in which we live more than ever needs magic, mystery, simplicity and universality.


MUSEE DE GRENOBLE, GRENOBLE, FRANCEFrom 27/04/2019 to 28/07/2019

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Futurs antérieurs – group show



For the 12th consecutive year, Guerlain is once again taking part in FIAC’s Parcours Privé and marking the occasion by presenting the group exhibition Past Futures, which can be discovered at the Maison Guerlain, 68 avenue des Champs-Élysées. 

Past Futures offers a journey on three levels through multiple worlds – installations, videos, photos, drawings, paintings, interactive objects, etc. – bringing together young creative figures and established artists, such as Jean-Michel Alberola, Jan Fabre, Christian Boltanski, Arotin & Serghei, Charlotte Charbonnel, Fabrice Hyber, Mehdi Meddaci, Albertine Meunier and Claire Morgan.

Curator: Caroline Messensee


MAISON GUERLAIN, PARIS, FRANCE From 19/10/2018 to 09/11/2018






Murs – group show



Located within William the Conqueror’s fortress walls,  le musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen evokes the theme of  ‘the wall’ through its artistic representations.  The exhibition gathers more than 80  works, ancient or contemporary, mixing all media – painting, sculpture, in situ installation, drawing, photography and video. 

With Jean-Michel Alberola, Dieter Appelt, Guillaume Bodinier, Brassaï, Samuel Buckman, Pierre Buraglio, Théodore Caruelle d’Aligny, Léon Cogniet, Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, François Curlet, Maurice Denis, André Devambez, Noël Dolla, Jean Dubuffet, Gisèle Freund, Isa Genzken, Mona Hatoum, Pascal Haüsermann, Jean-Jacques Henner, Thomas Jones, Per Kirkeby, Claude Lévêque, Georges Leroux, Jacques Lizène, Gordon Matta-Clark, Richard Monnier, Robert Morris, Jean-Luc Moulène, Edgardo Navarro, Daniel Pommereulle, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Samuel Rousseau, Claude Rutault, Jacqueline Salmon, Gregor Schneider, Kurt Schwitters, Sean Scully, Christian Segaud, Léon Spilliaert, Nicolas de Staël, Pierre Tal Coat, Antoni Tàpies, Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes.


MUSEE DES BEAUX-ARTS DE CAEN, CAEN, FRANCE From 5/05/2018 to 18/09/2018

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Festival international du livre d’art et du film




GALERIE - LIBRAIRIE FILAF, PERPIGNAN, FRANCEFrom 6/19/17 to 7/26/2017

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Le bleu dans les arts du Moyen Âge à nos jours – group show




MUSEE DES BEAUX-ARTS, ARRAS, FRANCE From 10/15/2016 to 2/06/2017

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L’aventure des détails – solo show



Jean-Michel Alberola, born in 1953, is at once one of the best-known and most genre-breaking French artists of his generation. Palais de Tokyo is inviting him to put on a large-scale solo show, the first in Paris since his retrospective at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1997.

Since the early 80’s, Jean-Michel Alberola seeks to create protean works that move seamlessly between conceptual, abstract and figurative art. Paintings, gouaches, sculptures, artists’ books and films represent the different facets of his quest. Political, poetic, committed and profound, Jean-Michel Alberola’s œuvre develops into philosophical conundrums which question how we see art’s role in society. 

Jean-Michel Alberola’s solo show at Palais de Tokyo sets out to map the liitle-known diversity of his work, by presenting a large number of original pieces in a dialogue with his previous creations, including is complete Neons, as well as several large murals. The artist, and curator Katell Jaffrès, invite each of us to enter into a ‘poetic, literary and historical game’, and to experience a ‘huge, borderless geographical territory’.


PALAIS DE TOKYO, PARIS, FRANCEFrom 02/18/2016 to 05/16/2016

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Group show: La Figuration Libre, The History of an Adventure



The exhibition brings together works by the French painters who initiated the Figuration libre adventure such as Robert Combas or Hervé di Rosa, as well as international and American painters along with whom they came to light  – such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Crash, Kenny Scharf…


MUSEE PAUL VALERY, SETE, FRANCEFrom 07/03/2015 to 11/15/2015  

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INSIDE



Jean-Michel Alberola and Tunga are part of the Inside group exhibition at Palais de Tokyo (Oct 20 – January 11). Inside offers visitors a passage to the interior of the self, for which the exhibition space serves as a metaphor. This immense odyssey, both physical and psychological, invites us to walk through two floors of the Palais de Tokyo that have been transformed by artists in such a way that, from one installation to the next, we remain constantly immersed in the works, which lead us within ourselves – from our skin to our most intimate thoughts.

With : Jean-Michel ALBEROLA, Dove ALLOUCHE, Yuri ANCARANI, Sookoon ANG, Christophe BERDAGUER & Marie PEJUS, Christian BOLTANSKI, Peter BUGGENHOUT, Marc COUTURIER, Nathalie DJURBERG & Hans BERG, dran, Marcius GALAN, Ryan GANDER, Ion GRIGORESCU, HU Xiaoyuan, Eva JOSPIN, Jesper JUST, Mikhail KARIKIS & Uriel ORLOW, Mark MANDERS, Bruce NAUMAN, Mike NELSON, NUMEN/FOR USE, Abraham POINCHEVAL Araya RASDJARMREARNSOOK, Reynold REYNOLDS & Patrick JOLLEY, Ataru SATO, Stéphane THIDET, TUNGA, Andra URSUTA, Valia FETISOV, Andro WEKUA, Artur ZMIJEWSKI.
Curators: Jean de Loisy, Daria de Beauvais, Katell Jaffrès


PALAIS DE TOKYO, PARIS

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Le Mur – Works from the Antoine de Galbert Collection(Group Show)



From June 14th to September 21st 2014

À l’occasion de son 10e anniversaire, la maison rouge présente du 14 juin au 21 septembre 2014,
Le mur – oeuvres de la collection Antoine de Galbert, onzième volet de la série d’expositions consacrées aux collections privées.

Après dix expositions proposant des univers de collectionneurs variés, cette date anniversaire est l’occasion de montrer enfin largement la collection du fondateur et président de la maison rouge, Antoine de Galbert, une part d’intimité qui lui est chère et qu’il n’a jusqu’à présent que peu dévoilée. Mais à l’inverse des précédents projets autour de collections particulières, réalisés avec des commissaires qui ont fait des choix représentatifs dans de larges corpus d’œuvres, l’accrochage imaginé par Antoine de Galbert comporte cette fois-ci une spécificité remarquable :

« L’idée de cette exposition est née de l’observation quotidienne de ma bibliothèque, où le classement alphabétique des monographies crée d’invraisemblables voisinages. Jean Dubuffet cohabite avec Marcel Duchamp sur le même rayonnage. Cette “arche de Noé” me donne la sensation que tous les artistes naviguent sur le même fleuve pour les mêmes raisons, comme le remarque Christian Boltanski : « Que ce soit Aloïse, moi ou un artiste du 16e siècle, ce sont les mêmes questions qui sont posées : la mort, la recherche de la beauté, la nature, le sexe… Les sujets en art sont très limités. Seuls les mots et les vocabulaires diffèrent (…)». La bibliothèque est tout à la fois archive de la collection, souvenirs visuels d’un long voyage et musée imaginaire du collectionneur. […] Délaissant l’idée déjà explorée par certains commissaires d’expositions, d’un accrochage par ordre alphabétique, j’ai choisi de présenter l’essentiel des œuvres de ma collection, s’accrochant au mur, à l’aide d’un logiciel renseigné seulement par leurs formats (encadrées) et leurs numéros d’inventaires. (…)

image : © Marc Domage


LA MAISON ROUGE, FONDATION ANTOINE DE GALBERT, PARIS, FRANCE 

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Mémoires vives



Du From May 10th to September 21th 2014

Peintre, Jean-Michel Alberola utilise les moyens de création les plus divers – film, texte, photographie, installation, sculpture, néon – pour mener une réflexion sur l’histoire et le pouvoir de l’image, la société et l’actualité, la légitimité de la peinture et le rôle de l’artiste. Pour l’exposition Mémoires Vives, Jean-Michel Alberola crée un « mur peint », Eclairage en groupe, sur lequel se rencontre la communauté des artistes, scientifiques, penseurs ou chamanes qui constitue le « grand orchestre » de la Fondation Cartier et souligne la dimension humaine qui est au cœur de son action.. (…)

image : © Thomas Salva / Lumento 2014


FONDATION CARTIER POUR L'ART CONTEMPORAIN, PARIS, FRANCE 

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Adventures of TruthPainting and philosophy: a narrativeCurator : Bernard Henri-Lévy(Group show)



From Saturday 29th June to Monday 11th November 2013

Painters and sculptors collaborated with the Catalan architect Josep Lluís Sert, creating works which were integrated into the building and the surrounding natural environment: the Giacometti courtyard, the Miró labyrinth with its sculptures and ceramics, the mosaic murals of Chagall and Tal Coat, Braque’s pond and stained glass window and Bury’s fountain. Indoor and outdoor spaces link up with each other through the sculpture garden, the courtyards, terraces and patios. The Maeght Foundation is already famous for its architecture and gardens; it is also home to one of Europe’s richest collections of modern and contemporary art. The greenery of its grounds makes the Maeght Foundation the ideal place to discover the great artists of our time. (…)


Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France

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L’art au défi de l’espérance(Group Show)



From january 17th to February 2nd 2013

L’association « Spiritualité et Art » organise du 17 janvier au 2 février 2013, une exposition intitulée L’art au défi de l’espérance à la Mairie du 6e arrondissement de Paris. Cet événement est le fruit de deux ans de recherche de dix-neuf artistes plasticiens, qui se sont concentrés autour du Livre de Job. Présent dans les trois religions monothéistes, Job apparaît comme un personnage à la fois universel et énigmatique, figure de l’homme qui reste dans la lumière malgré les épreuves qui lui sont infligées. Véritable panorama de la création actuelle, d’une grande diversité formelle et technique, l’exposition révèle la profonde richesse d’interprétation du mythe. Dans un contexte marqué par la crise, elle dévoile l’engagement sans faille de ces artistes de sensibilités et d’horizons différents pour porter une pulsion d’espoir au cœur de la société. (…)


Espace Saint Sulpice, Paris

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L’inventaire vol. 2(Group Show)



From September 15th to November 25th 2012

Initié en septembre 2011, « L’Inventaire » consiste à dresser, à chaque rentrée de septembre, un état des lieux de la collection du Frac Haute-Normandie en présentant les oeuvres du Fonds par leur numéro d’inventaire. Peu connu du public, ce numéro est pourtant déterminant puisqu’il désigne l’ordre d’entrée de chacune des oeuvres dans la collection. Au-delà de son fondement juridique, ce code contribue à constituer l’histoire du Fonds. « L’Inventaire » prend pour méthode d’exposition la suite chronologique de ces numéros afin d’explorer les logiques et articulations de cette collection. Ce projet à long terme se renouvellera chaque année jusqu’à atteindre le dernier numéro. (…)


FRAC Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France

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Élciarage en groupe



From May 24th to October 6th 2012

Après la divulgation de l’ensemble des dessins dédiés au Gilles de Watteau « Qu’y a-t-il dans les poches du Gilles » en 1996, l’installation de seize peintures murales « il parle, je peins » en 1998, puis les affiches conçues en 1999 pour Weimar – capitale européenne de la culture, le fonds régional d’art contemporain de picardie accueille à nouveau Jean-Michel Alberola pour un projet rétrospectif co produit avec la Maison de la Culture d’Amiens : celui du rassemblement de ses néons réalisés de 1995 à aujourd’hui. (…)


FRAC Picardie, Amiens

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La chambre des instructions



From April 21th 2012

Constatant l’impossibilité de formuler aujourd’hui toute aspiration utopique, Jean-Michel Alberola conçoit La Chambre des instructions, une salle d’attente, un espace pour reprendre une conversation conjuguée au temps présent, pour le régénérer. Jean-Michel Alberola y déploie des couleurs intenses, un chant coloré, des silhouettes empruntées à la presse écrite ou encore des phrases comme autant d’injonctions lisibles d’un point de vue personnel, philosophique ou souvent même politique. (…)


Palais de Tokyo, Paris

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Néon, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue ?(Group Show)



From February 17th to May 20th 2012

From February 17th 2012, la maison rouge will stage the first major international exhibition of neon art from the 1940s to the present day. Some one hundred works will be presented in all, many of historical significance, many being shown for the first time. They will include pieces by such pioneers as Lucio Fontana from the early 1950s, François Morellet, Bruce Nauman, Stephen Antonakos, Joseph Kosuth and Mario Merz from the 1960s, and some of the many contemporary artists working in this medium, such as Jason Rhoades, Sylvie Fleury and Claude Lévêque. (…)


La Maison Rouge, Antoine de Galbert Foundation, Paris

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Painted walls



From January 19th to March 15th 2012

Chez Jean-Michel Alberola, les expositions deviennent souvent installations, comme lors de ses deux dernières expositions à la Galerie Templon (Paris), où il accueillait des visiteurs avec des murs peints. Il renouvelle cette expérience à l’Institut français de Tel Aviv dès le 19 janvier 2012 où il utilisera les murs de la « Bulle » pour peindre ses inspirations. (…)


Embassy of France in Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel

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Mathematics: A Beautiful Elsewhere(Group Show)




From October 21th 2011 to March 18th 2012

Mathematics: A Beautiful Elsewhere is a unique exhibition created by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain with the aim of offering visitors, to use the mathematician Alexandre Grothendieck’s expression, “a sudden change of scenery.” The Fondation Cartier has opened its doors to the community of mathematicians and invited a number of artists to accompany them. They are the artisans and thinkers, the explorers and builders of this exhibition. (…)


Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris, France

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