François Morellet is widely recognized as a key figure in the development of geometrical abstract art. Morellet began to make work in the mid-1940s and co-founded GRAV (Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel, 1961-1968) with fellow artists. From the early stage of his career, Morellet began immersing himself in the abstract art based on a pictorial language of simple geometric elements such as lines and squares. At the same time, he actively embraced industrial materials that include neon tubes, iron, adhesive tape, negating the notion of an artist as a creative genius. Randomness, accidental choice, wordplay, and audience participation contributed to the establishment of the artist’s unique aesthetics and practice.
Born in Cholet, France in 1926, François Morellet has been laid to rest on May 10, 2016. As an artist, Morellet has left a significant mark in the history of the 20th century art. In order to honor the French master’s life and spirit, Dia Art Foundation hosted a retrospective exhibition of the artist in 2017. Morellet works are part of prestigious collections worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate, Centre Pompidou, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Le Consortium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Ho-Am Art Museum.