Portrait of the artist Henri Michaux (detail)
Portrait of the artist Henri Michaux (detail)

Henri Michaux was born in 1899 in Namur, Belgium, and spent his childhood in Brussels. He is best known for his poetry, painting, drawing and travel writing. His contacts with members of the Parisian circle of artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Paul Klee, Max Ernst and Salvador Dalí and his experiments with hallucinatory drugs, as did his travels in Asia and South America provided inspiration for his work. Michaux’s art and writing were strongly influenced by his involvement in the Surrealist movement, which inspired him to strive toward a broader awareness of the world around him and to translate his observations into words and images. His paintings and ink drawings hover on the edge of abstraction, incorporating symbols and calligraphic elements, hinting at forms and hidden meanings.

Michaux's visual work was first exhibited in Paris, where his style caused a sensation; his works have received considerable international attention and were exhibited at the Venice Biennale, at documenta in Kassel, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and at the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris during his lifetime. Michaux also won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1965, which he refused to accept. In 1955 Michaux became a French citizen. He continued to live and work in France until his death in 1984 at the age of 85.



Solo exhibitions
Henri Michaux, Face à face

Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles à Paris, in partnership with Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Brussels, Belgium

Henri Michaux: Figures - Ecritures

Fondation Jan Michalski, Montricher, Schwitzerland

Henri Michaux. Peintures, dessins, estampes, livres illustrés, de 1943 à 1984

Galerie Chave, Vence, France

Henri Michaux. Aventures de signes, batailles, foules, mouvements

Galerie Berthet-Aittouares, Paris, France

Tribute to Henri Michaux

Galerie Antoine Laurentin, Brussels, Belgium

Henri Michaux. Momente

Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Schwitzerland

Henri Michaux. Selected Works

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Henri Michaux. Peintures

Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France

Henri Michaux. Peintures 1975 – 1984

Villa Beatrix Enea, Anglet, France

Henri Michaux

Galerie Didier Devillez, Brussels, Belgium

Henri Michaux. Emerging Figures

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

Henri Michaux

Galerie Karsten Greve, Colgone, Germany

Group exhibitions
Lee ungno, Georges Noël, Henri Michaux, Calligraphic abstraction in Europe

Lee Ungno Museum, Seo-gu Daejeon, South Korea

Henri Michaux, Zao Wou-Ki:Ddans l'empire des signes

Fondation Martin Bodmer, Geneva, Schwitzerland

Apparition: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now

The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, USA

Psilocybine, Quand la psychiatrie observe la création. Les années 60 à st-anne

Musée singer-polignac, Hôpital St-Anne, Paris, France

Apparition: frottages and rubbings from 1860 to now

Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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