François Lunven's paintings, with their surprising colors, seem to foreshadow a society where robotics, the virtual and biotechnologies would exert a dominant influence. Lunven worked essentially on paper (drawings and etchings) until 1966, then mostly on canvas. Attuned to the movement of the world, the works of François Lunven probe its course and frenzy, whose developments the artist had foreseen as early as the 60s, as the drawings presented in this exhibition demonstrate. The forms produced by François Lunven intercross organic and virtual, even robotic shapes, thus crystallizing a dazzling prospective vision.
Bernard Noël, who was probably his closest friend, helps us decipher his oeuvre : “from ‘a repertoire where the machinic and the monstrous intercross and hybridize to produce an image that tears our eyes open…’ Didn’t François Lunven style himself a ‘morphologist’ rather than a painter or engraver ?… Striving to invent a new sacred art, François Lunven’s artistic quest was inspired, his whole life through, by many artists and poets – from Hieronymus Bosch to Antonin Artaud by way of Nerval, Rimbaud, Lautréamont and Redon – and reveals an extraordinarily complex thought blending personal experience, spirituality and psychoanalysis.
François Lunven always taught, because his thought was always transforming, and needed exchange and sharing, to feed itself as much as to try itself out.” (Bernard Noël) “In the first years of his life as a painter, François Lunven was very interested in biology (…). Fascinated by the Arthropods, crustaceans and insects especially, he spent long hours at the Museum, and still longer observing small bits of crab and spider crabs legs, bits of shells, a grasshopper’s body… Everything about skeletons and bones interested him.
The notion of entropy also obsessed him. He’d learned about it by chance, had asked me about it and I had made him read Science and the theory of information by Léon Brillouin. Two points especially were discussed : the unavoidable evolution of all living systems towards an increasing state of disorder, and the fact that life delays this evolution despite everything. The idea that death and disorder were somehow synonymous was of utmost interest to him. Thinking about energy, he had come to be interested in the origins of life. It isn’t by chance that one of these etchings is entitled ‘Birth of entropy’ or that others (…) deal with birth.” (Bernard Canguillem, 1987)
François Lunven is represented by the Galerie Alain Margaron since 1997.
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1971 Exposition personnelle à l'ARC au Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris
1971 « Exposition personnelle », Musée de l'Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Sables d'Olonne
1981 « L'oeuvre gravée », Mairie de Douarnez
1984 « Rétrospective », Maison de la culture, Créteil
1997 « Exposition personnelle », Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris
1999 « Exposition personnelle », Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris
2005 « Exposition personnelle », Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris
2005 « François Lunven », Musée de l'hospice Saint-Roch en collaboration avec la galerie Alain Margaron, Issoudun
1967 « Dessins : Victor Laks, François Lunven, Jean-Pierre Vielfaure », Galerie Marbach, Paris
1989 « Regards, François Lunven, Bernard Noël », Médiathèque, Corbeil-Essone
1994 « Dessins et gravures », Galerie Anne Robin
2000 « François Lunven - Brigitte Terziev », Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris
2002 « Dado-Lunven-Réquichot », Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris
2012 « Les Visionnaires », Musée Panorama, Bad Frankenhausen, Allemagne
2017 « Les retrouvailles », Musée des beaux-arts, Brest
2018 « 25 ans de passions », Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris