Francois Morellet

Le Chewing Gum Peintre

What's that material?

The title says it all: Le Chewing Gum Peintre. This painting is made with …. chewing gum! It was created in 1970.


The chewing gum is from the brand Wrigley. William Wrigley's launched the brand in 1893. Now Wrigley is incorporated with Mars, a globally operating company that sell sweets, food, pet food, and of course Mars chocolate bars.

A new movement

In the 1960s, the artist Francois joined the Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel an experimental group that made installations using non-traditional art materials. ‘By the early Sixties, we became convinced that the age of painting, of canvases and sculptures had come to an end. We were passionate about modern materials that hadn’t yet been ‘polluted’ by traditional art.’

In conversation

Do you see the white and creamy cake of Michael Stubbs just above this one? He made this cake painting as a reaction to the thought that painting was dead.

Ask me anything

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Kijk eens anders

What is beautiful? What is ugly? When you describe the work, does it remain beautiful/ugly or does your opinion change?

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