Maurice Frydman “Tensions -Torsions”

Magnificent retrospective exhibition dedicated to French visual artist Maurice Frydman to be seen at Fine Arts Museum (BAL) in Liege Belgium will be closing this Sunday. So here comes the last opportunity to visit it.


Following his work on the pictorial portrayals of human nature , the artist reinvents the usual logistical use of plastic film by applying to it in turn scars, broken away , tears, broken , injuries, strains and twists … all resulting from superposed layering into large format works hinting at an epidermal – and almost organic abstract expressionism .
Figure in contemporary art, born in Paris in 1928, Maurice Frydman has been living for many years in Brussels. He originally joined the «Support-Surface» artistic movement; collective of artists from the South of France whose artistic statement claims for the presence of art in the streets and avenues. Basically expressed on films and plastic materials subject to the alterations of time and weather. As chance and imponderable started playing a major role in marking their footprints in his early work Frydman gradually endeavour and finally abandoned the final result of his pieces of art to sublimate the footprint itself. The matrix now transcends the work.



This exhibition brings together 70 works , including a series of monotypes matrices , fibers and sheets recent works , some of which have never been shown to the public before and other temporary installations in large stretched films , PVC and various plastics that has been populating Frydman’s research and artistic expression for the past twenty years .

The first-rate artist disrupts the habits, pushing the potential offered by the plastic film beyond infinite limits. He manages to create a new language territory punctuated by countless stretching, creases and folds, depressions and protrusions … organic metaphor for human dermis, referring to his previous figurative period.




To celebrate this début, big size pastels, gouaches and drawings have been also gathered at the initiative of BAL in a side room of the museum. They evoke bluntly couples, love, eroticism and more broadly human figure; central axis of Frydman’s pictorial utterance.

BAL ( Fine Arts in Liège) Street Feronstrée 86 , 4000 Liège – Belgium
Date: till February 23 , 2014
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10h to 18h
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Image source: ©BAL – Liège
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