François Piron

François Piron is an art critic, curator, and co-founder of the castillo/corrales contemporary art space in Paris and of the Paraguay Press publishing house. He directs the international postgraduate programme of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon. Notably, he was joint organizer of Habiter poétiquement in 2009 (LaM, Villeneuve-d’Ascq), which compared and contrasted the histories of art brut and modern art, and Locus Solus, Impressions de Raymond Roussel for Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid and the Serralves Foundation, Porto in 2011–12, devoted to the French writer Raymond Roussel, on the history of modern art and literature. He also curated its contemporary section, Nouvelles impressions de Raymond Roussel in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris in 2013. He was curator of the 2016 Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale d’Art Contemporain and of the exhibition L’esprit français. Contre-cultures, 1969-1989 at La Maison Rouge, Paris in 2017. He contributed to the Critical Laboratory books by Thomas Hirschhorn (MIT Press, 2013) and published a monograph devoted to the Yugoslavian artist Mangelos (Paraguay Press, 2014) to whom he devoted two exhibitions, in Paris (Galerie Frank Elbaz) and in New York (Peter Freeman, Inc.) in 2016.


  • Publication: Van Gogh-Duchamp: Oil and Water?, symposium proceedings, 2017