Bio

Jean François Fourtou

Born on April 30, 1964 in Paris. Lives and works in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Awarded a diploma in 1992 by the Superior National School of Fine art, Paris, France.

Solo exhibitions

  • 2015

    « Merci Louisette »

    Galerie Mitterrand, Paris, France
    Window display for Hermès in Tokyo, Japon
    Production of a monumental giraffe for a cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas
    Installation production for the restaurant Hexagone, Paris, France

  • 2014

    « Merci Louisette »

    MAMO, Marseille, France.

  • 2012

    Hermès Shop Window

    Rue de Sèvres, Paris(6ème) France

  • 2011

    « Tombée du Ciel »

    JF Fourtou, Aeroplastics
    Brussels, Belgium

    JF Fourtou

    Pierre Budin School, Paris (18ème)
    France

  • 2010

    « Tombée du Ciel »

    JF Fourtou, JGM. Galerie
    Paris, France (cat.).

  • 2007

    « Mes Maisons »

    JGM. Galerie
    Paris, France (cat.)

  • 2006

    « Parasitage Nomade »

    Galerie Anspach
    Brussels, Belgium

  • 2005

    Rinascente nuit blanche

    Rome, Italy

    Fourtou

    Galerie Iconoscope
    Montpellier, France

  • 2004

    Fourtou

    Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois
    Paris, France (cat.)

    Fourtou

    Galerie Pièce Unique
    Paris, France

  • 2003

    Fourtou

    Aéroplastics
    Brussels, Belgium

    Géant

    La Verrière
    Brussels, Belgium

  • 2001

    Galerie Angel Romero
    Madrid, Spain

    Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois
    Paris, France

  • 1999

    Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois
    Paris, France (cat.)

    Galerie Angel Romero
    Madrid, Spain

  • 1997

    Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois
    Paris, France

  • 1996

    Galerie Angel Romero
    Madrid, Spain

    Transhumance

    French Institute of Madrid,
    Spain

  • 1995

    Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois
    Paris, France

  • 1993

    « Animaux de galerie »

    Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois
    Paris, France

Group exhibitions

  • 2016

    « Tombée du ciel » Aéroplastics, Brussels, Belgique

    « Design Shanghai », Shanghai, China

  • 2015

    Domaine du Muy, France

    « Constructeurs d'absurde, bricoleurs d'utopie »,
    CAC, Meymac, France
    « Habiter », Domaine de Chamarande, France

  • 2012

    « Art et Nature »

    Jardin du Hauvel, Normandy, France

    « Maison tombée du ciel », « Fantastic »

    Lille 3000, Lille, France

  • 2011

    « Un Monde sans mesure »

    Musée Fesch, Ajaccio, France.

  • 2010

    « A Proposal for Articulating Works »

    Commissaire Abdellah Karroum
    Visual Arts Exhibition in the 3rd AiM International
    Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco.

    « A Proposal for Articulating Works »

    Palazzo Riso, Palermo, Italy

  • 2009

    « Un Monde sans Mesure»

    Contemporary Art Museum, Sao Paulo
    and Niemeyer Museum, Brasilia, Brazil.

    « Autres mesures »

    (curator Cécile Bourne-Farrell)
    Centre Photographique d'ïle-de-France
    Pontault-Combault, France

    « Pas nécessaire et pourtant indispensable,
    1979-2009: 30 ans d'art contemporain à Meymac»

    Abbaye Saint André, Centre d'art
    contemporain de Meymac, France.

    « Un Monde sans Mesure»

    Museu Nacional do Complexo da Republica
    e Chancelado, Brasilia and Museu de Arte
    Contemporânea da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil.

  • 2008

    « La Dégelée Rabelais »

    FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier,
    France (cat.).

    « Imago Mundi »

    Iconoscope, Montpellier, France

  • 2007

    « Bêtes et Hommes »

    Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France (cat.).

    « House Trip »

    (curator Ami Barak) Berlin, Germany (cat.).

    « Rare Essence »

    Aeroplastics contemporary, Brussels, Belgium.

  • 2005

    Luxe Gallery New York, USA.

  • 2004

    « Y’ a-t-il un commissaire pour sauver l’exposition? »

    Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris, France

    Nuit Blanche, Musée Victor Hugo, Paris, France (curator Ami Barak).

    « Grotesque, Burlesques et parodie »

    (curator Jean-Paul Blanchet), Abbaye de Meymac, Meymac, France.

  • 2003

    « Artists Backstage »

    (with Alain Bublex), Art 34 Basel, Switzerland.

    « Home »

    Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois
    Paris, France

    « Expoluxurious »

    Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg

    Group Show, Art Space Witzenhausen,
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    « Zanimaux »

    Galerie e.l.o, Uzès, France

    « La Bataille du Réel »

    (with Gilles Barbier, Alain Bublex, Jean-François Fourtou
    Saverio Lucariello), Synopsis, Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • 2002

    Biennale de Cetinje, Montenegro, Yugoslavia

    Wonderland, Aéroplastics, Brussels, Belgium

    « Ironie du sort »

    Galeria Bunkier Szutki, Krakow, Poland (cat.).

    « Voilà la France! »

    Curator Andrea Busto, C.E.S.A.C., Turino, Italy (cat.).

  • 2001

    Salon (after Louise Bourgeois' proposal),
    Artists Space, New York, USA (cat.).

    Domaine de Chamarande, Ile-de-France, France

  • 2000

    Art Contemporain, Parly 2, le Chesnay, France

  • 1999

    « Nous nous sommes tant aimés »

    Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts,
    Paris, France.

    « Animal »

    Musée Bourdelle, Paris

    Marlborough Gallery, Madrid, Spain

  • 1995

    Villa Lemot, Loire Atlantique, France

  • 1994

    « Animal et compagnie... »

    Musée d’art Moderne de Troyes, France.

    Casa de Velazquez, Madrid and Paris, Spain & France

  • 1992

    Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois
    Paris, France

    Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts,
    Paris, France

Selective bibliography

  • 2014

    « Art MAXI Art mini »

    Tristan Manco, Pyramyd Edition

  • 2011

    « Un Monde sans mesure »

    Exhibition catalog, Musée Fesch, Ed. Palais Fesch-musée des Beaux-Arts
    Milan, Silvana Editoriale, Italy

  • 2010

    « Tombée du Ciel »

    Exhibition catalog, texts by Paul Ardenne, JGM. Galerie Editions, Paris, France.

  • 2009

    « Un Monde sans mesure »

    Museu Nacional do Complexo da Republica e Chancelado, Brasilia et Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de Sao Paulo Editions, Brazil.

  • 2008

    « La Dégelée Rabelais »

    Exhibition catalog, texts by Christian Besson, Bernard Fabvre, Emmanuel Latreille, Bernard Marcadé, Jean-Pierre Piniès, Bruno Pinchard

    Méditerranée Editions et Frac Languedoc-Roussillon Editions, France.

  • 2007

    « Mes Maisons »

    Exhibition catalog n°27, JGM. Galerie Editions,
    Paris, France

    « Bêtes et Hommes »

    Exhibition catalog, « Gallimard » Editions,
    Paris, France

  • 2004

    Fourtou, Galerie GP & N Vallois Editions,
    Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro

    « Voilà la France! »

    C.E.S.A.C. Editions, Turin, Italie.

  • 2002

    Ironie du sort, Group Show catalog,
    Bunkier Sztuki Editions, Cracovie, Poland

  • 2001

    Salon (after Louise Bourgeois' proposal),
    Artists Space Editions, NYC, USA

  • 1999

    Fourtou, Galerie GP & N Vallois Editions,
    Paris, France

Fallen form the Sky
Life, its Sanctuaries, and its Ghosts

A full‐scale replication by Jean‐François Fourtou, in the neighborhood of Marrakech, of a Charente region’s house has every chance of entering the annals of art history. Replication? The word is not strong enough. Reconstruction seems more exact. On his property of Dar el Sadaka the artist has rebuilt identically the modest house, originally located in the small town of Fouras, in the Charente‐Maritime region by the shores of the Atlantic, where as a child he spent his vacations. The outside, the interior, everything that Jean‐François Fourtou has remembered accurately, is given again in the present, inspired by the various houses he spent time in during his youth (his grandparents’ house in Montreuil, another one they rented during several summers in Fouras in the Charente region…), whether it’s the furniture, its placement in the house, the color of the plaster or the wallpaper and above all the specific atmosphere of all these ancient places.

Paul Ardenne

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Emmanuelle Lequeux 2004

At Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois from 16 January to 24 February 2004
At Galerie Pièce Unique from 16 January to 16 March 2004

Jean-François Fourtou approaches his work rather as if writing a Bildungsroman, with each new chapter of the initiation taking the form of an exhibition. Both author and character in his own work, he often touches on autobiography while at the same time surpassing it. He offers the heroes of his works a few extraordinary episodes, a few ordeals, and, above all, he speaks to that kind of surprise we feel at watching ourselves develop. In short, everything happens as if we were in a novel of education, woven from countless "once upon a times": each proposition may at first seem naive, but they soon turn out to be much more disturbing than the first words suggest (but then that's always the way with stories, isn't it?) [...]

Emmanuelle Lequeux

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