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A Journey in Folon Country

Jean-Michel Folon, the internationally renowned Belgian artist, invites you to discover his sculptures at the Solvay Estate. You can also admire his aquarelles, paintings, engravings, posters, objects and sculptures at the </h3><p> </p><p>

Jean-Michel FOLON
© Fondation Folon 2007

But do you really know Jean-Michel Folon?

He was a very versatile artist being drawer, painter, etcher and sculptor. He did illustration work for a great deal of major writers among which Kafka, HG Wells, Prévert, Vian, Borges. He made crafty stained-glass windows and mural paintings such as the one in the Brussels metro station Montgomery.

Being a humanist, he designed posters for humanitarian causes. In 1988 he illustrated the Universal Declaration of Human rights for Amnesty International. It was published in the 6 official UN languages, with a preface from Javier Pérez de Cuellar. In 2003 he became Ambassador for Unicef.

Folon was a known and recognised artist on all continents and galleries and museums from all over the world offered him exhibition space: New York for the first time in 1969 and later in 1990 at the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art, Milan, Paris – the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Rotterdam – Boymans van Beuningen museum, London – Institute of Contemporary Art, Antibes – the Picasso museum, Venice – the Correr museum, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Kyoto, Barcelona, Lausanne...

In 2000, he established the Folon Foundation, which presents his major works from his childhood on a symbolic location.

In 2001, a major exhibition of his sculptures was held in Lisbon and in 2005 Florence was the decor for a retrospective exhibition, which turned out to be huge success.

Jean-Michel Folon died in Monaco on 20 October 2005.

In 2007, the city of Sao Paulo paid tribute to Folon with a major exhibition of his paintings.

Jean-Michel Folon offered a clear and poetic view on humanity. He leaves behind a world that is focused on the fundamental values of man and his environment.