Jean-Michel Alberola

Exposition de groupe

Galerie Templon is delighted to be presenting a Jean-Michel Alberola exhibition for the very first time in Brussels. The artist, represented by Galerie Templon for over thirty years, is a prominent and unclassifiable figure on the French art scene.

Exhibition view, Exposition de groupe, TEMPLON Brussels, 2019
Exhibition view, Exposition de groupe, TEMPLON Brussels, 2019

Paintings, drawings, neon sculptures and wall paintings, including a number of new pieces, have been put together in a pastiche ‘group exhibition’ focusing on the issue of the collective and the artist’s role in society. Born in 1953, Jean-Michel Alberola has been producing protean works that straddle conceptual, abstract and figurative art since the 1980s. Paintings, works on paper, sculptures, films, texts and artists’ books make up the different facets of this body of work. Political and poetic, his art is steeped in humour, spreading his message by combining artistic insights with an exploration of political and social topics. The artist uses fragmentation and layering in his work, associating speech with formal expression. Bodily or geographic fragments partnered with ambiguous statements or injunctions transform his works into philosophical riddles.

Jean-Michel Alberola made his name in the 1980s as part of the Figuration Libre movement and return to ‘cultivated painting’. His work has been exhibited, inter alia, at the Musée du Louvre (2005), Bibliothèque Nationale de France (2009) and Maison Hermès in Tokyo (2009). He was also part of the Mathematics, a Beautiful Elsewhere exhibition at the Fondation Cartier (2011) and Masters of Chaos at Musée du Quai Branly (2012), while F.R.A.C Picardie in Amiens held a retrospective of his neon creations in 2012. In 2016, the Palais de Tokyo invited him to create a major solo exhibition, the first in Paris since his retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1997.
More recently, in 2018, he designed an exhibition specially for the Centre Dominique-Vivant Denon at the Musée du Louvre: Cosmos 1939: Georges Salles / Walter Benjamin.

Prague (F.K.) «Chapitre un.»


The artist

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. 

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