The Belgian artist Folon enters the Vatican
"The Ethics of Poetry", an exhibition composed of 80 works by the Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon, is currently on display in the majestic setting of the Vatican Museums, on the route to the Sistine Chapel. This is the first time that the Vatican has hosted the works of a Belgian artist.
The Folon Foundation offered the guardian angel, a bronze sculpture, and a portfolio of eight watercolours on creation. These works will eventually join the Vatican collections. All the works selected for the exhibition reflect faith in man; the artist conveys his commitment with humour and poetry, tinged with a surrealist touch.
The exhibition occupies several rooms in the Borgia Tower and the route is divided into themes. Blue-grey like a fog over the city for "Man in the City", green for "Man and Nature", scarlet red for "Man and War", light blue for "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights", and finally the last room where everything is poetry, bathed in pearl grey and housing "The pieces of hope". Visitors will find posters, watercolours, collages and ink drawings, as well as sculptures ready to awaken their awareness.
Ever since the 1960s, Folon has addressed themes such as civic engagement, civil rights and ecology. There is a hope to appease people and maybe even to change the world.
This is an exhibition of a committed Belgian artist whose works are still very topical. And if you are not able to visit Rome before the end of the summer, why not visit the Folon museum nestled in a wonderful green setting in La Hulpe (Walloon Brabant).