First United Kingdom survey of work by Michel François opens at Ikon

Ikon presents the first UK survey of work by Michel François (b.1956), a Belgian artist renowned through major outings elsewhere including Documenta 9 (1992), the Biennale of Sao Paulo (1994), the 48th Venice Biennale (1999), Centre Georges Pompidou (2002) and S.M.A.K., Ghent (2007). Comprising sculpture, film, paintings, prints and photography, it exemplifies the artist’s conviction that the meanings of a work of art are determined through its combination with others in relation to an exhibition space. Visitors to Ikon will encounter an exhibition of numerous pieces to be read as a whole, integrated with the entire building. The exhibition title, Pieces of evidence , refers to the artist’s fascination with a netherworld, drawing comparisons between the ingenuity of artists and criminals, and more specifically an installation by him. This involves a projected film in which we see the

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