MICHEL MOUFFE (Bruxelles, 1957)
One of Michel Mouffe’s personal exhibitions was called “En s’occupant d’Erasme...zorgen voor Erasmus” (Looking after Erasmus). So it is not surprising that the artist was asked to decorate the interior of the metro station of the same name. He has put on exhibitions of plastic art in Asia, the US and Europe and has published essays such as “Petit dialogue avec l’Ange” (Publisher: Tandem, 2001) in which he explains the essence of his approach. Michel Mouffe likes things which are unique, which do not comply with a predefined plan. His paintings are abstract, monochrome and always consist of a few geometrical lines. This Brussels artist often applies paint in a very fine layer. In order to do this, he first dips the canvas into a bath of colour before reworking it by hand. Michel Mouffe is different from other abstract artists in that he places a metal bow behind each canvas which puts the painting under pressure. In this way, the canvases swell up in the direction of the observer.