Folon Foundation in Bruxelles
Visit of the Folon Foundation in the castle of La Hulpe, south of Brussels, which features 300 major works of Jean-Michel Folon, a Belgian painter, drawer and sculptor. The artist opened this foundation to share his work with the general public; all proceeds collected there will be donated to a cause that he holds dear, autism.
From 1975 to 1984, gentlemen in raincoats presided over a backdrop of melancholic music, marking the end of the Antenne 2. Poetic and gentle, the work of Folon (1934-2005) branched out into other areas, from animation to sculpture, passing by stained-glass but it can be characterised especially by his watercolours that bring birdmen to the fore. Enigmatic figures wearing hats, they can't help but evoke the work of Belgian surrealist René Magritte.
Like many others in this era, Jean-Michel Folon abandoned his studies in Brussels in 1955 to be an artist in Paris. But the little interest he received for his drawings made him turn to the United States. His career as an illustrator thus began and he signed among the most beautiful pages of theNew Yorker, following in the footsteps of Saul Steinberg who he drew some influence from.
His characters lost in a dreamlike universe lent themselves perfectly to poetry and Folon illustrated numerous collections such asAlcools et Calligrammesby Guillaume Apollinaire, theMartian Chroniclesby Ray Bradbury and particularly the complete works of Jacques Prévert. A sensitive and engaged man, Jean-Michel Folon had especially supported Human Rights and the handicapped struggle.