Jean-Michel Sanejouand

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Jean-Michel Sanejouand
"Lance-pierre", 2006 (painted stones)
Born (1934-07-18) July 18, 1934 (age 83)
Lyon, France
Nationality French
Known for Sculpture, Painting

Jean-Michel Sanejouand was born in Lyon, France, on July 18, 1934. His work has many facets, ranging from environments to monumental sculptures, from readymade-like objects to paintings of oneiric landscapes in which (usually) one of his sculptures stands.


Jean-Michel Sanejouand lived and worked in Paris between 1959 and 1993. Sanejouand now lives Vaulandry, in the Anjou countryside. His work is made of well-defined, complementary, sometimes overlaping, periods: the "Charges-objets" (1963–67), in the footsteps of Marcel Duchamp's readymade as well as an ironic reaction against Minimal Art, the "Organisations d'espaces" (1967–1972), where spaces in museums, towns, valleys, mountains are "organized", a few projects being within the realm of Land art (a volcano, a river...), many being more urban and on a smaller scale (a building site, a playground, a gallery...), the "Calligraphies d'humeur" (1968–78), his first paintings, in the footsteps of Francis Picabia's monsters, the "Tables d'orientation" (1974–77), his last series of "Organisations d'espaces", his first on an, imaginary, abstract world-scale, the "Espaces-Peintures" (1978–86), where imaginary landscapes are "organized", the "Peintures Noirs et Blanc" (1986–1992), in which landscape elements are more and more perturbed by space, the "Sculptures" (1989-now on), made with a few stones, although rougher ones than those used in some "Charges-objets", the "Peintures" (1992–96), where the number of landscape elements is reduced to a minimum, the "Sculptures-Peintures" (1996–2001), which are painted "Sculptures", the "Espaces-Critiques" (2002–08), where "Sculptures" are "organizing" the landscape in which they sit, the "Espaces & Cie" (2009-now on), which are calligraphic landscapes...

Main one-man shows[edit]

1967 "Première organisation d'espace", Ecole Polytechnique (Paris).

1968 "Deux organisations d'espace", Galerie Yvon Lambert (Paris).

1973 "Les Organisations d'espace de Sanejouand", Centre National d'Art Contemporain (Paris).[3]

1979 "Espaces-Peintures", The Antwerp Gallery, FIAC (Paris).

1982 "Espaces-Peintures", Lens Fine Art Gallery (Antwerp, Belgium).

1986 "Rétrospective: des Charges-Objets aux Espaces-Peintures", Palais des Beaux-Arts (Lyon, France).

1991 "Espaces-Peintures 1978-1986", MAC (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France).[4]

1991 "Les Charges-Objets 1963-1967", Galerie Froment-Putman (Paris).[5]

1995 "Rétrospective 1963-1995", MNAM Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris).[6]

1996 "Peintures", Galerie Barbier, FIAC (Paris).

2002 "Libre et Change", Galerie Chez Valentin (Paris).

2005 "Sanejouand", Le Plateau (Paris).

2011 "Espaces et Cie", Galerie MAM, Drawing now, Carrousel du Louvre (Paris).

2012 "Retrospectivement", HAB gallery (Nantes), as part of "Jean Michel Sanejouand's year in Pays de la Loire".[7]

2015 "Un peu d'espace(s)", Galerie Art:Concept (Paris).

Main group exhibitions[edit]

1967 "Superlund", Lunds Konstall (Sweden). Curator: Pierre Restany. Also featuring: Arman, Christo, Erik Dietman, Yona Friedman, François Morellet, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Nicolas Schöffer, Constantin Xenakis...

1976 Venice Biennale, French pavilion (Italy). Curator: Pierre Restany. Also featuring: Fred Forest, Raymond Hains, Alain Jacquet, Bertrand Lavier, Jean-Pierre Raynaud...

1986 "Qu'est-ce que l'art français ?" (What is French art ?), Toulouse (France). Curator: Bernard Lamarche-Vadel. Also featuring: Erik Dietman, Robert Filliou, Gérard Garouste, Gérard Gasiorowski, Jacques Villeglé...

1992 Universal Exposition of Seville, French pavilion (Seville, Spain).

2000 "Les Champs de la Sculpture" (Sculptures of Champs-Élysées), where "Le Silence" was first exhibited. Also featuring: Tony Cragg, Erik Dietman, Barry Flanagan, Raymond Hains, Keith Haring, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Bernar Venet, Lawrence Weiner...[8]

2006 "La force de l'Art", Grand Palais (Paris). Curator: Anne Tronche.

2012 "Ends of the earth: Land Art to 1974", MOCA (Los Angeles, USA).

2015 "Cycle des histoires sans fin", MAMCO (Genève, Switzerland).

Monumental sculptures[edit]

1996 "Le Silence" (The Silence), a bronze sculpture whose largest version is two meters high. It is now installed in a private park of sculptures near Biarritz (France).

2005 Le Magicien (The Magician), a five-meters high bronze now installed in the gardens of Palais Saint-Georges, close to the railway station of Rennes (France).


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  2. ^ The International Who's Who, Europa publications.
  3. ^ Les Organisations d'espaces de Sanejouand, by Pierre Restany, Blaise Gautier and Claude-Louis Renard, Centre National d'Art Contemporain eds, Paris, 1973.
  4. ^ Jean-Michel Sanejouand : Espaces-Peintures 1978-1986, by Michel Enrici and Joelle Pijaudier, Musée d'Art Moderne de Villeneuve-d'Ascq/La Différence eds, Lille, 1991.
  5. ^ Jean-Michel Sanejouand : Les Charges-Objets 1963-1967, by Bernard Lamarche-Vadel, Fondation Fine Art of The Century/La Différence eds, Paris, 1990.
  6. ^ Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Rétrospective 1963-1995, by François Barré, Robert Fleck, Germain Viatte and Fabrice Hergott, Centre Georges Pompidou eds, Paris, 1995.
  7. ^ Jean-Michel Sanejouand : Retrospectivement, by Anne Tronche and Julie Potier, Skyra eds, Paris, 2012 (ISBN 978-2081282704).
  8. ^ "Les Champs de la Sculpture 2000", Beaux-Arts Magazine, Hors série, Paris.

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