Michel François
Contre Nature
16 Mar – 21 Jul 2023
Bozar, Brussels, BE


Michel François, Contre Nature, Installation view, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium, 2023. Photo by Philippe De Gobert.

A look at 40 years of artistic practice by Belgian artist Michel François, from early work to several new creations he made especially for Bozar. Using sculpture, photography, video, painting and installation, the artist creates a web of shifting connections between his artworks. The exhibition is a unique concept in which the 'total artwork' is central and the exhibition space becomes an extension of his studio. François shakes up reality, questions it, and time and again breathes new life into its relationship with art. He transforms seemingly simple objects and materials into bearers of meaning. How can a gesture change the status of an object? What is the influence of the artist's hand? And what is the role of coincidence?