1926 Born in Paris, France.  
1944 Baccalauréat, mathematics, Ecole des Travaux Publics.  
1945 First paintings: nature studies and imaginative compositions His friend Oleg, filled with enthusiasm, moves back to Russia with his family. He returns briefly to France twenty-seven years later and recounts his life as a Soviet citizen.
1946   Performs his military service.
“I was appalled by the ugliness of the walls and the overall environment of the army barracks. I promised myself, from the start, to do something about it”
At the end of the year, he is admitted to a military hospital suffering from tuberculosis. During the protracted months he draws and paints. As soon as he is released he devotes his time to visiting art academies and museums.
1947 First visits to ateliers in Montparnasse: Othon Friesz, Ossip, Zadkine… Different influences: Villon, Rouault and Matisse.
1948   He is fascinated by the dance world, which he discovers thanks to his Russian friends who invite him to dance performances in London and Monte Carlo. Meets Zizi Jeanmaire and Skouratoff. He later designs sets for Rosella Hightower, the prima ballerina of the Ballets du Marquis de Cuevas.
Miotte will design both a set and costumes for a Vassilkovsky piece that will be performed in Melbourne. Travels to Italy. Discovers the Quattrocento in Florence and a group of young Italian artists in Rome, some of whom become his friends. It is the Group of the Golden Age: Dorazio, Guerrini, Perilli with the architects Franco Ambris and Ricardo Antohi. Long bike rides to Fiesole.

Influences: Robert Delaunay and Léger.

1950 First abstract painting Continues to paint in his atelier in Meudon, where he meets Jean Arp and Gino Severini. Discussions on Futurism and on the evolution of contemporary art in Severini’s home.
1951 Painting: tension towards form – the sign. 170x235m Basse lisse
1952   Meets Sam Francis and visits his first atelier in Ville d’Avray.
“For three years I was struggling relentlessly with thirty paintings that I constantly tried to perfect. I wanted to materialize these luminous sensations, and make them coincide with the sacred life force through strokes of specific colors across the canvas”. (Francis Spar, Connaissance des Arts n° 141, Nov. 63).
1953 First show at the Réalités Nouvelles.
Participates in following years.

Group show at the Lucien Durand Gallery, Paris

Jean Cassou acquires a Miotte painting for the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Employed at an American company in Paris, which allows him to pursue art. Moves his atelier to Prince Yiourievitch’s villa in Boulogne, where Jacques Lanzman and Serge Rezvanni had previously lived. Henri Goetz and his students visit his atelier.
1954 Participates in the opening show of the Haut Pavé Gallery, Paris.

Painting: the sign and the gesture tend toward symbolism.
“There are only a few lyrical artists that prove the exception to the general tepidness in painting today…Jean Miotte is one such artist, whose sparse and luminous painting transmits an undeniable emotion…” Alain Jouffroy, Arts, July 1954, 9th Salon des Réalités Nouvelles.
1955 First solo show at the Lucien Durand Gallery, Paris.

Painting: in lyrical spontaneity the free flowing gesture makes progress towards formal research. Everything becomes movement to attain meaning in monochrome.

50 Ans d’Art Abstrait, Creuse Gallery, Paris, for the publication of Michel Seuphors dictionary.


Spends time with Lanskoy, Poliakoff, Dimitrienko.
“In my artistic research, I move towards two extremes. The first is almost Zen, where painting is the resulting climax of the mind and sensation. The second is an exuberant and generous spontaneity, the multiplicity of rich distinct powerful colors; to lose oneself in the infinite. In both cases, the commitment is to lose oneself totally in order to give.” J.M.
“… Well articulated colorful compositions that hold the wall..." Michel Seuphor, Dictionnaire de la peinture abstraite, Ed. Hazan, Paris.
1958 The Recklinghausen Kunsthalle, Germany, Réalités Nouvelles - Nouvelles Réalités, 13th Exhibition of the Réalités Nouvelles.
Attico Gallery, Rome: Five Parisian painters, Bogart, Byzantios, Jousselin, Mihailovitch and Miotte.
The dealer and gallery owner Jacques Dubourg represents him in Paris and Europe.
1959 First Biennal, Paris, Informal Section: Hains, Villeglé, Miotte, Neiman, Foldes, and Favory.

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne : 15 Painters from Paris.

Painting: return to polychrome with a new dynamism. Sensuality in the stroke.

“…A work that is fresh, delicate, and which indicates a sensitivity signaling a new maturity, brevity and focus.” H. Galy-Carles.

Favorable mention of Jean Miotte in Cologne newspapers.


1960 Group shows at the Am Dom Gallery, Frankfurt and the Gunar Gallery, Düsseldorf.
Paintings included at the opening shows of the Carl Flinker Gallery and the Iris Clert Gallery, Paris.
The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum – now the Ludwig Museum - acquires a painting (Joseph Haubrich Collection).
175x233cm Basse lisse
1961 Group show (Sam Francis, Jean Miotte, Joan Mitchell, Jean-Paul Riopelle) at the Svenska-Franska Gallery, Stockholm and at the Bonnier Gallery in Lausanne.
Ars Viva, a group show at the Wolframs Eschenbach Mechelen Kulturzentrum: Internationale Ausstellung at the invitation of Julian Alvard of the Drian Gallery, London.
Delivers a lecture in Saulchoir, a Dominican convent, organized by his friend Jacques Laval.
Ford Foundation grant recipient, which enables him to stay in New York for six months.
The Knoedler Gallery of New York buys a painting.
1962 Solo show at the Iolas Gallery, New York.
At the Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne: Sam Francis, Mathieu, Maussion, Miotte and Riopelle.

Painting: tending towards more descriptive form, with higher contrasts. Broadening the field.

Meetings with many American artists: Motherwell, Calder, Rothko and Lipchitz; and a few collectors: De menil, Bernard Reis, Richard Zeisler, etc.
Meets Vladimir Golshman of the Metropolitan Opera, who subsequently purchases some paintings, as well as Alfred Wallenstein and Else Rièti.
Travels throughout the United States.
Delivers a lecture at Colorado Springs University.
Meets the American writer Chester Himes in Paris.
1963 Jacques Dubourg Gallery, Paris, 15 paintings from 1958-1963.
Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, 66 paintings of the last ten years.

Solo show at the Groningen Museum.
Solo show at the Zodiaque Gallery, Brussels.
Art Contemporain, Grand Palais, Paris.
The Fauves, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.
“…he is proof that contemporary painting respects the wall and the architectural space. He talks to us in our physical space, about art that unites the body and the soul.” H. Redeker, Catalogue Musée de Schiedam.

“There is a balance present in the painting, not a static order achieved by good composition, but a balance full of life with all its complexities and contradictions. In this sense we can say that Jean Miotte’s paintings exist everyday because they have presence, they have life…” R. van Gindertael, Catalogue Gallerie Dubourg.
Acquisition of a painting by the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
An article on Jean Miotte by F. Spar in Connaissance des Arts, n° 141, Nov. 63, color reproductions.
Buys land in Pignans, where he eventually builds his studio.
1964 Painting: arresting time. Intense colors. “A painting comes to life at a precise moment. If the action is arrested too soon a work doesn’t exist and overworking can result in confusion.” JM
1965 Krikhaar Gallery, Amsterdam: Cobra and the Informel, Appel, Constant, Corneille, v.d. Eerenbeem, Lindström, Miotte, Picasso, Rancillac, Riopelle and Tal Coat.  
1966 Sothman Gallery, Amsterdam.
Solo shows at the Court Gallery, Copenhagen and the Dierks Gallery, Aarhus.


Large mural painting for Walter Volkaert, Mechelen.
Film on Miotte produced by George Tröller and Austrian television.
Builds a studio in the south of France.
Acquisition of a painting by Mr. Gaudibert.


1967 Solo shows at the Bio Gallery, Aalborg, Denmark, and the Trefpunt Gallery, Ghent, Belgium.
Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, Eight painters from Paris: Aboud, Debré, Karskaya, Messagier, Miotte, Moser, Nalard and Rebeyrolle.
A study on his work, written by J.-A. França, is published in Construire February 1964, with color reproductions: “…Miotte is a gesture painter with a French spirit, who expresses himself constructively despite the urgency one feels looking at his work: his art goes beyond post war esthetics. He distinguishes himself in a more modern way by his conscious independence of the created idea…”
1968 First lithographs printed at the Clot Bramsen and George atelier, Paris, edited by IIAP.
Solo show at the Dierks Gallery, Aarhus.
Actively participates in the events of May with the hope of change.
1970 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., International Graphics.
SEPTENTRION Foundation, Marq-en-Baroeul, Miotte (40 works).
Solo shows at the Wünsche Gallery, Bonn.
Becomes a member of the jury for the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles

Painting: white becomes a color.
Demolition of his Boulogne studio.

1971 Maison de la culture de Bourges: Eight painters from Paris: Aboud, Debré, Karskaya, Messagier, Miotte, Moser, Nalard and Rebeyrolle.
Solo shows at the Dierks Gallery, Aarhus and at the Sothman Gallery, Amsterdam.
He writes an article for Coloquio Artes, published in July 1971, n°1 “Abécédaire.”

Painting: gives up oil and starts to paint in acrylics.

1972 Solo show at the International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C.
Solo shows at the Dinastia Gallery, Lisbon (catalogue).
Château-Musée, Montmirail: Contemporary Art.
Moves his studio to Hamburg.
A study of Miottes work, written by Goncalves, is published in Coloquio Artes, n°8, July 1972 (color reproductions).
1973 Solo show at the Prudhoe Gallery, London.
Solo show of prints at the Estève Gallery, Paris.
Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover publishes a second collection of lithographs (Wieland Schmied, cat. 73).
American Associated Artists, New York, Edition of lithographs.
The Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, (Wieland Schmied) publishes a collection of Miotte lithographs (cat. 72). The two editions quickly sell out.
The Book of the Month Club, New York, commissions two series of silk screen prints.
1974 Solo shows at the Wünsche Gallery, Bonn and Hamburg.
Donation of the Weil Collection to Brandeis University including a painting by Miotte.
Signs a contract with Art Dialogue, Paris, for a percentage of each edition of prints.
The Wissenschaftliche Buchgemeinschaft Darmstadt commissions two series of lithographs.
1975 Solo expos at the Alfiere Gallery, Padua; the Dresdner Bank, Hamburg; the Winter Gallery, Braunschweig. Publication of the first monograph on Miotte. Text by José-Augusto França, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, and Castor Seibel, Bonn.
1976 Two sculptures designed for C.E.S Marq-en-Baroeul and C.E.S. St-Jean-de-Braye near Orléans proposed by his friend, architect Étienne Nouvellet Chester Himes: Miotte Monograph, with Miotte’s memoirs and a dialogue between Miotte and Himes. Ed. SMI Paris, Coll. L’Art se raconte, 1987 edition.
Painting : a new step: integrating the unworked (tan) canvas into the composition. Concentrates on a motif, which can’t be
corrected and at the same time accepts the challenge of the untreated canvas.
1978 Solo shows and lectures: Damascus Cultural Center; National Museum, Alepo, Syria. Amman Cultural Center, Jordan.
Abstraction in France in the Fifties, Maison de la Culture, Grenoble; and in the Dunkirk and Saint Omer Museums.
Solo shows in Paris: Verbeke Gallery, paintings; Artcurial, works on paper and lithographs from the past ten years.
Solo shows: Winter Gallery, Braunschweig and Moering Gallery, Wiesbaden.
Moves his studio to Soho, New York City.
Vladimir Bibic (Films for Unesco) shoots a film on Miotte in NY: Espace Lyrique.

Represented by the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.

Painting: white dialogue: tan canvas.

Meets Jacques Poisson during an exhibit at la Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture de Belleville. He is the French cultural attaché in Peking and proposes a visit to China and an exhibit in Peking.

1979 Solo shows: Nieuwe Weg Gallery, Doorn and the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Donjon de Jouy, Sancoin.
Plans for a retrospective in the different cultural centers of France: Centre Culturel des Hauts de Belleville in Paris.
Roy Adzak visits his studio in New York.
1980 First western artist to show in the People’s Republic of China since the end of the Mao regime, Centre Culturel, Peking.
Koppelmann Gallery, Leverkusen: Miotte.

Traveling show to Centre Culturel de Montpellier, Centre Municipal d’Art Plastiques de Sarcelles and the Maison des Arts, Thonon-les-Bains
Solo show, Lucas Gallery, Gandia.
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris: Hommage à Thanos Tsingos.

Official invitation to travel to Shanghai, Guilin and Canton. There is great interest in his work from Chinese intellectuals, artists and students. “His work from 1974 to 1980 lead to his invitation to Peking, and demonstrates his deep understanding of cultural differences…In Miotte’s work we recognize the subjectivity of our anxiety in perceiving the universe that he refuses to define, beyond intelligibility in the Kantian sense.” Prof. Romualdo Abulad, University of Hamburg and Manila.


1981 Solo show at the Ayala Museum, Manila.
Solo shows: The Lucas Gallery, Valencia; the Raam Gallery, Breda; the Postmuseum, Hamburg.
Show in Manila at the famous Ayala Museum of Art and History, located in the center of Makati.
Twelve of his paintings are stolen from his car in Paris. His desperate efforts to repaint them paralyze his progress for almost two years.
1982 Hong Kong Art Center retrospective (60 Paintings).
Solo show at the Evergreen Galleries, the Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.
Solo show at the Franco-Japanese Institute in Tokyo.
Solo show at the Trevisan Galleries, Edmonton.
Koppelmann Gallery, Cologne: Paris 59, Fautrier, Féraud, Hartung, Lanskoy, Lipsi, Miotte, Schneider, Sonderborg, Soulages, Tal Coat and Tapiès.
Lecture and debate with students during a show of thirty paintings at Olympia University.
Travels throughout Japan (Nara, Kyoto).
Returns to China and has a show in September at the Hong Kong Art Center (60 paintings). This show follows Zao Wou-Ki’s and precedes Allan Davie’s.


1983 Museum retrospectives: the National Museum, Singapore and the National Museum of History, Taipei.
Solo shows at the Koppelmann Gallery, Cologne; the La Cité Gallery, Luxemburg; and the FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris (Koppelmann Gallery).
Film produced by Gérard Langevine, Paris, 16 mm in color, Miotte l’Espace secret and shown in April at the Théatre de l’Empire in Paris as well as in Singapore cinemas during his show.
His show is named best of the year in Singapore.
Le Mur peint: a 4 x 3.60 meter work that will be included in a large mural panel presented at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in the Grand-Palais. Miotte’s work is chosen for the place Montparnasse.
First tapestry executed from a Miotte painting by the Atelier 3, Paris.
The cultural delegation of communist China visits Miotte’s stand at the FIAC in Paris where several speeches are made and Jack Lang, the Minister of Culture meets the Chinese officials.

Painting: return to white considered as space; from 1983 onwards Miotte occasionally works on the white canvas again, looking to synthesize these different techniques.

“Miotte’s art has been considered close to the Abstract Expressionists, and he certainly is abstract, however, one must stress his independence, his expressive power and his joie de vivre. A few critics have rightly associated him with choreography, the movement of dance and ballet but I would also like to remark upon his affinity with Chinese calligraphy, in the sense that his aim and his philosophy is not to reproduce nature, but to capture movement, existence
and life in all its different guises. If a few artists attain this in part, Miotte’s work opens wide the space for reflection. In his work, spontaneity coexists with passion and discipline.” Hian Tan Swie, National Museum of Singapore.

1984 Solo show at the Striped House Museum, Tokyo; the Institut Français, Athens (invited by Jean-Marie Drot); the Vik Gallery, Edmonton.
Orangerie de Bagatelle, Paris: two painters, two sculptors.
Solo show at the Nieuwe Weg Gallery, Doorn.
Mentioned in Les Années 50 written by Gérard Xuriguera, Editions Arted.
Becomes a member of the jury to award a young Japanese artist a one year fellowship to study in Paris.
Music is performed during his show at the Strip House Museum in Tokyo, which is also repeated at the Centre Pompidou the same year.
1985 Solo shows at the Olivier Nouvellet Gallery, Paris; the Art Trium Gallery, Stockholm; the Opus Gallery, Coral Gables, Miami; the Treffpunkt Kunst, Sarrelouis.
Konstmässan, the International Fair of Stockholm.
The Contemporary Art Museum of Dunkirk and the Cordeliers Museum, Châteauroux: The Fifties.
Collaboration Arrabal/Miotte: Devoirs de Vacances, Eté 85 : a collection of writings/drawings, Ed. Galilée, Paris 1986.
Collaboration with Michel Butor for books: “a quatre mains.”
One copy of each book is produced.
Tapestries executed from Miotte’s paintings by the Atelier 3, Paris.
1986 Solo show at the Michel Delorme Gallery for the publication of Works on paper, Marcelin Pleynet, Ed. Galilée, Paris.
Solo show at Columbia University, New York, and at the FIAC.
Group show at the Jacques Verriere Gallery, Lyon.
BAII, Banque Arabe Internationale d’Ivestissement, Paris.
Solo show of prints at the FIEST, Foire Internationale de l’Estampe, Concergerie, Paris.
Engravings with Maurice Felt, Paris.

Painting: opens towards a free flowing and spontaneous expression. Increase in his use of colors. Integrating the periods and experiences from the 50’s and 60’s.


1987 The Guggenheim Museum acquires two Miotte gouaches from the fifties.
Solo shows: FIAC, Paris; CIAE, Chicago; Konstmässan, Stockholm; Art, Basel; Saga, Paris, Keeser Gallery, Hamburg; Stenbock-Fermor Gallery, Gend; Carla Steiner Gallery, Basel; Olivier Nivellet Gallery, Paris.
Museum of History, Esch-sur-Alzette: The painters around Arrabal.
New York University, La Maison Française: The stroke and the word, Miotte and his friends the poets, with Arrabal, Butor, Guillevic, Himes, Pleynet, Siccard and Verdet.
Limited edition book : André Verdet, poems and five Miotte plates: L’espace en soi, en soi l’espace, 60 copies, Ed. Matarasso, Nice.

M. Pleynet : Monographie with texts from Fernando Arrabal, Bohbot, Butor, Himes, Hian, Sicard, Villandry, Xuriguera; Ed. La Difference, Paris 1987, printed in English 1988.
Miotte/Eugène Guillevic: Dehors, a limited edition book with three plates. 60 copies, Ed. du Labyrinthe, Paris.
Travels to Malta, where he participates in the Euro-Arabic symposium with Guy de Rougement and Mehdi Qotbi with whom he becomes friends.


1988 Solo shows: the Gimple & Weitzenhoffer, New York; the Protée Gallery, Paris; the Dorval Gallery, Le Touquet.
Solo show of prints at the Matarasso Gallery, Nice.
Solo shows: the Egelund Gallery, Copenhagen-Holte; Espace d’Art Contemporain E. Ungaro, La Rochelle.
The Hyères Casino: the Fifties, Benrath, Chu Teh Chun, Debré, Dietrich-Mohr, Féraud, Hartung, Leppien, Lanskoy, Miotte, Music, Père, Pichette, de Stael and Subira Puig.
Grand Palais, Paris: Homage to Iris Clert
Miotte/Michel Butor: Tornade Légère a limited edition book with four plates, 50 copies, Ed. Matarasso, Nice.
Miotte/Arrabal : Minuit a limited edition book with five plates, 50 copies, Ed. Keeser, Hamburg.
Miotte, Works on paper 1950-1965, text by Marcelin Pleynet: Miotte et l’oeuvre du temps, 65 color reproductions, published by Galilée, Paris 1997 (French version) and the Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York, 1988 (English version).
1989 Pernod Foundation, Paris-Créteil: The Fifties.
Chateau Sellier, Cogolin: Blue-White-Red, the colors of freedom, for the celebration of the Bicentenial of the French Revolution.
Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, Grand Palais: France-Japan.
Solo shows: Art Frankfurt; Pons Gallery, Lisbon; Konstmässan, Stockholm; Forum, Hamburg; N’Namdi Gallery, Detroit.
Institut Français of Hamburg: Miotte-Arrabal, Painter and Poet.
Tapestry executed from a Miotte print in the Atelier of Cogolin.
C.M. Cluny: Miotte, paintings and gouaches, Coll. L’Autre Musée, Ed. La Différence, Paris.
G. Tavera, FR3, TV report on the show at the FIAC.


1990 Retrospective at la Maison de la Culture de Sochaux.
Solo shows: the von Braubehrens Gallery, Munich; the Trintignan Gallery, Montpellier; the Wild Gallery, Frankfurt.
Art Frankfurt and Saga, Paris.
Solo shows: Cupillard Gallery, Grenoble; the Pernod Foundation, Paris-Créteil; Egelund Gallery,
Wild Gallery, Haus Sandreuther, Basel-Riehen: Abstrakte Malerei nach 1945; Miotte, Noël, Schumacher, Sonderborg and Thieler.
Galerie an der Bergstrasse, Weinheim: Weinheimer Kultursommer, Jean Miotte and Fred Thieler
Samagra Gallery, Paris: Abstraction I; Chu Teh Chun, Fichet, Koenig, Licata, Miotte, Schneider and Xenakis
Two tapestries in the Atelier of Sedcome, col. Art Surface, Paris; and the CDR, Château sur Saône.
The Danish company Ege, issues a tapestry.
J.L. Chalumeau: Miotte, Coll. Passeport, Ed. Fragment, Paris, English version 1990.
Miotte/Pleynet : Graphe, a limited edition book with five plates, 60 copies Ed. Keeser, Hamburg.
G. Tavera: report on the events regarding the 1% for the Opéra Bastille where Jean Miotte won first prize.
Limited edition book with four prints, and a text from F. Arrabal, Ed. Boulan, Paris August 99.
1991 Included in Die Würde und die Moral at the Nothelfer Gallery, Berlin (cat. Manfres de la Miotte).
Poligrafa, Barcelona, publishes 5 lithographs, one of which will appear in Jean-Clarence Lambert’s Le Règne imaginal.
Solo show of prints at the Seibu Museum, Tokyo.
Solo shows overlapping at the Boulakia Gallery and at the Fiac. Catalogue.
Solo shows: Nieuwe Weg Gallery, Doorn; M. Schultz Gallery, Berlin; Jades Gallery, Colmart; Keeser Gallery, Hamburg; and Guy Pieters Gallery, Knokke (cat).
Foundation d’Art Contemporain CNIT, Paris La Défense: Collection des Collections-de Paul Klee à nos jours.
Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris: Couleurs de la Vie, first traveling show under the patronage of France Liberté, (Danielle Mitterrand)
N’Mamdi Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan: Forms of abstraction.
Espace des Arts, Chalon-sur-Saône: Aspects de l’Art contemporain
Contributes to the album: Memories of Freedom: 55 artists from 23 countries illustrate the paragraphs from the Declaration of Human Rights, under the patronage of France Liberté (Danielle Mitterrand) and UNESCO, Ed. Sedcome and Artmulti, Paris. Lichtenstein, Sam Francis, Motherwell, Miotte, Tapiès, Rauschenberg and others also appear in it. First exhibition of the album at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, then in Seville, Pintadas de la Libertad. ABC magazine chooses Miotte’s work for its cover.
Dak’Art, organized by the CNIT (Center For New Industries and Technologies), Paris La Défense: Miotte paints a car that will compete in the Paris-Dakar rally, Marie Binet shoots a film called Autobiographie recording this event. The car is later sold at auction and the proceeds go to a hospital in Africa.
Maurice Felt organizes a show of prints by Messagier, Miotte and Riopelle.
Arrabal makes a film in New York, Farewell Babylon, partially shot in Miotte’s studio.
M. Bohbot: Le geste Majeur, Ed. Navarra, Paris.

Film by Mrs. Thorn for RTL, 02/03/91.
Mural painting avenue Émile Zola, Paris, conceived by Daniel Boulogne.
Miotte/Lambert: Main d’Aile, limited edition book with five plates, 60 copies, Ed. Dutrou, Paris.
1992 Retrospective at the Palais des Arts de Toulouse.
Solo show at the CIAE, Chicago.
Solo shows at the Wild Gallery, Frankfurt; the Annunciata Gallery, Milan; and the Von Braunbehrens Gallery, Munich.
Opening show of graphic compositions at the Musée de la Lithographie, Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule.
Solo show of prints at the Shuyu Gallery, Tokyo and the St-Polly Gallery, Gunrua, Japan.
Arco and Art Frankfurt: large formats.
Several engravings are made in Robert Dutrou’s atelier.
Participates in the Tribute to Santomaso with Tapiès, Rotella, Bill, etc. Ed. Arras, Saulgau.
Art and Art, group show, Tokyo, curator Mrs. Delalande (also at the NICAF 92, Yokohoma, the largest contemporary art fair in Japan).

Prolonged stay in Duke Hospital for major surgery, Durham, North Carolina.
Paris Art Center: Arrabal’s 60th birthday.
Art Basel, Edition 3 and Art Multiple, Düsseldorf: prints.


1993 Retrospective 1945-93 at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Dunkerque.
Solo show at the Michael Schultz Gallery, Berlin.
Solo show of prints at the Schoeneck Gallery, Basel-Riehen; the Oezmen Gallery, Zurich; Saga, Lydie et Robert Dutrou, Paris.
Solo show at the International Art Fair of Hong Kong (Boulakia Gallery, Paris) and Arco (Keeser Gallery).
Centre Culturel Jean Despas, St-Tropez: Five artists from the fifties, Christophorou, Debré, Miotte, Féraud and Koch.
The President of the Red Cross in Monaco, Prince Albert, buys a painting for his collection.

At a show of Miotte’s work at the Musée de Dunkerque, tapestries based on his work are shown for the first time.
Art de Seine, group show, Tokyo ISHI Gallery, Osaka, Hartung and Miotte.

Cercle d’Art, Paris, publishes a monograph on Miotte written by Marcelin Pleynet.


1994 Musée des Cordeliers, Châteauroux, 60 works by Miotte from 1945 to 1993, concurrent with a show of graphic work at the Musée Bertrand, Châteauroux.
Arenthon Gallery, Paris: Recent prints by Miotte.
Artmulti, Düsseldorf, Prints and limited edition books of Miotte.
Columbia University, New York: conference of Marcelin Pleynet on the work of Miotte, The days after.
Solo show: Art Cologne, International Art Fair: Black Paintings.
Solo shows at the Wild Gallery, Frankfurt; the Cité Gallery, Luxemburg; the Palais des Congrés et de la Culture, Le Mans.
Solo show at Columbia University, Maison Française, New York.

Opening show at Chapel Art Center, Cologne + Hamburg: 30 years later in reference to the 1962 show at the Kunstverein of Cologne: Sam Francis, Jean Miotte, Joan Mitchell, and Jean-Paul Riopelle.

For the Peace and Reconstruction of Lebanon, 33 artists at the Sursock Museum, Beyrouth.
Bard Colege, Procter Art Center, Annandale, New York: 10 Artists.


Sud, a 1.95 x 5.10 meter work enters the Opéra National Paris-Bastille collection.

Moves his atelier to Fribourg in Switzerland.

Gabriel Camacho, Paris: L’Éclatement d’une grenade a film based on a text written by Arrabal, 6 minutes.
Miotte/Kenneth White: Rivages d’Occident, a limited edition book with 8 etchings, Ed. L. and R. Dutrou, Paris, 105 copies.
Miotte/Pleynet: L’Energie en principe, a limited edition book with six plates, 60 copies, Ed. Keeser, Hamburg.

Vitry: group show: 25e anniversaire du 30 Novembre.
Donation of seven limited edition books made in collaboration with Arrabal, Butor, Guillevic, Lambert, Pleynet, Verdet, White, to the Sursock Museum, Beirut.
Orangery, Belvedere Castle, Weimar: Sonnenfinsternis und Corona-Friedrich Nietsche in der bildenden Kunst seit 1945, invited by Dr. H. Erbsmehl (Miotte/Arrabal: La Révolte du péché).
Château des Adhémar, Montélimar: Tapisseries d’aujourd’hui sur les murs d’autrefois, Alechinsky, Arman, Man Ray, Asger Jorn, Mortensen, Miotte, Kuper, Corneille, Lindström.

1995 Chapel Art Center, Cologne: Miotte, Black Paintings.
Matarosso Gallery, Nice: The engravings and limited edition books of Miotte.
Solo show at the Emiliani Gallery, Dieulefit (Drôme).
Arco : Miotte/Arrabal, un dialogue.
Included in Art Frankfurt, von Braunbehrens Gallery.
Chapel Art Center, Hamburg: Chinesische Kunst nach 1945 in Europa-eeine Gegenüberstellung, Li Di, Chu Teh Chun, Zao Wou-Ki, Miotte, Tapiès, Tal Coat.
Chapel Art Center, Cologne: Art follows function, Arman, Bury, Giacometti, Miotte and Poliakoff.
Lycée professionnel Salvador Allende, Béthune: Abstraction Géométrique, Abstraction Lyrique, Chu Teh Chun, Zao Wou-Ki, Claisse, Jacobsen, Miotte, Mortensen, Mondrian and SotoLa.
Bellefont Gallery, Paris: The Collage in Art History.
Miotte creates the poster for the FIPA (Festival International des Programmes Audiovisuels), Nice, invited by J.Mitrani.
Le Plus Beau cadeau, with poems by blind children accompanied by prints by Alechinsky, Chillida, Miotte, Miro and Tapiès is published by L. and R. Dutrou, 80 copies.
M. Ragon and A. Vollerin make a film on Miotte for their collection: Mémoire des Arts with an introduction by Marcelin Pleynet.
Fernando Arrabal and Jean Miotte visit Ernst Jünger for his hundredth birthday and present him with their limited edition book: Maître du monde.
Gérard Anezin, friend and architect in Nice, designs and builds him a new atelier in Pignans.
1996 Retrospective at the Mücsarnok Museum, Budapest.
Solo show at the Centre d’Art Graphique de la Métairie Bruyères, Parly.
Retrospective at the von Braunbehrens Gallery, Munich.
Solo shows at the Kunst 96, Zurich; and the Schnoeneck Gallery, Basel -Riehen.
Opening show at the Atelier, Pignan.
UNESCO House, Paris: 1945-1975, for the 50th anniversary of Unesco.
The Atelier, Pignans: Abstraction, a Twentieth century language, Arp, Bury, Corpora, Fautrier, Kirkeby, Lakner, Lanskoy, Lataster, Michaux, Millares, Miotte, Mitchell, Motherwell, Riopelle, Schumacher, Sugai, Venet, Zadkine.
Retrospective in the Mücsarnok Museum in Budapest for the commemoration of the October 1956 uprising.

The Miotte Foundation is created in Fribourg. The city allows the foundation to use the Werkhof, a Sixteenth century building with “the most beautiful roof in Europe”, as an art center. The architect Serge Charrière draws up the plans for the restoration which is due to start in early 1998.

Gutenberg Museum, Mainz: Visuelle Poésie, Arrabal-der Lyriker und die Künstler.
Chapel Art Center, Hamburg : Disseits von Eden, Francis, Michaux, Millares, Miotte, Mitchell, Riopelle, Schumacher, Thieler, Vedova.

1997 Wilhem-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany, Rudolph Scharpf Gallery: retrospective of engravings and limited edition books.
Solo shows at the Wild Gallery, Frankfurt and the Michael Schultz Gallery, Dresden.
Retrospective at the Franco-German Forum, Château Vaudrémont, Colombey-les-deux-Eglises.

Denise René Gallery, Paris: Ont-ils du métier ?
Espace Saint-Pry, Béthune: Five abstract artists, Debré, Féraud, Hartung, Miottes, Soulages.
Museum Am Ostwall: 50 Jahre Museum am Ostwall.
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf: Grenzgänger, Sandro Chia, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Markus Lüpertz, Jean Miotte, A.R. Penck, Bernd Zimmer, for the 200th birthday of Heinrich Heine. Other shows: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, and Goethe Institute of Paris.
The Atelier, Pignans: Présence et liberté, Bury, Beer, Jacobsen, Miotte, van Thienen, Tinguely, Venet.
Haus Lidwig Museum, Sarrelouis: 20 Jahre Ausstellungen.
Bellefont Gallery, Paris: The Fifties.

A sculpture by Roland Topor and a print by Miotte are chosen as prizes for the International Pasolini Contest in Paris. In 1996 the laureates are Anatole Dauman and Klossowsky and in 1997 they would be Jonas Mekas, Hugo Claus and Yasukata Tsusui.
Raoul Ruiz makes a film on Miotte at his ateliers in New York, Hamburg and Pignans: Miotte as seen by Ruiz, 16 mm, 70 min.
Invited to Burkina Faso for a show and to deliver a lecture during a conference on AIDS.
La Cité Gallery in Luxemburg: 20 années d’exposition.
Kongresszentrum Dresden: Works on Paper.
Salon des Grands et des Jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Espace Branly, Paris.
Périgord Museum, Périgueux : Rétrospective des Publications Fragments.
L’Art et la Paix Gallery, Saint-Ouen : Peintres autour d’Aragon, during la Fête de l’Humanité.
Atrium Auditorium Lyon, Opéra de Lyon: Tapestries of the Atelier 3.
Espace Belleville, Paris: L’art, une passion toujours partagée, a show in tribute to Jean-Claude Hug.
Staats und Universitätsbibliothek Carl von Ossietzky, Hamburg : Visuelle Poésie – Fernando Arrabal, der Dichter und die Künstler.
1998 Solo show at the National Arts Club, New York, for the 10th anniversary of the club.
Solo shows at the George N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago, and the Enrico Navarra Gallery, Paris.

Painting: after four years of black and white, a return to color.

Retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, Ponchettes and Mossa Galleries.
Ludwig-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen: Entgrenzt.
Gruga-Park, Essen: Art open.

Publication of a new monograph on Miotte, written by prof. Karl Ruhrberg, the former director of the Ludwig Museum of Cologne. The book is published in French, English and German.

A fire suddenly destroys the Werkhof in Fribourg one week prior to the finalization of the contracts and the commencement of the restoration project. After several attempts to resurrect it, the project is abandoned.


1999 Retrospective at the Museum of Art and History, Fribourg, Caroline Schuster, Commissioner.
Retrospective at the Jan-Van-Der-Togt Museum, Amsterdam-Amstelveen.
Retrospectives at the Charleville-Mézières Museums: Ardenne Museum and Rimbaud Museum.
Kunsthalle Tamaris, La-Seyne-sur-Mer.
La Hune-Brenner Gallery, Paris, signing of Miottes book.
Solo show at the Sept Collines Gallery, Vienna.
Publication of Miottes book: The Gesture from within. Final title: La rage de peindre, ed : La Difference, Paris
Premier of Raoul Ruiz’s film on Miotte during a show at the Museum of Art and History in Fribourg, introduced by Caroline Schuster.
The Miotte Foundation is established in New York.
Hans Paalman, president of the association of Dutch museum directors, who had invited Miotte for a show at the Schiedam Museum in 1963, writes the catalogue text for the Jan-van-der-Togt-Museum.
2000 Retrospective at the Museum Am Ostwall, Dortmund.
Retrospective at the Prague Castle for the nomination of Prague as 2000’s City of the Year.
Retrospective at the Ludwig Museum, Koblenz.
Retrospective at the Villa Haiss, Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Zell a.H., Germany.
Retrospective at the Aboa Vetus Ars Nova Museum, Turku, Finland.

Works on paper: a series of important collages are created


Initial plans for the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, where the Miotte Foundation will be based.
The Museum am Ostwall in Dortmund and the Ludwig
Museum in Koblenz publish a catalogue together for a Miotte retrospective. The TV station Arte-Info airs a film on Miotte, shot in the lithographic atelier of E.A. Quensen documenting the creation of a print included in the album Africa meets West. The Western participants are: Immendorf, Uecker, Nam June Paik, Sol Lewitt, Alan Jones and Miotte, who meet for the 2000 show in Hanover.
Klaus Scheidsteger produces a film for Arte on Miotte and his projects in both his Chelsea space and his atelier in Pignans..
Dr. Thomas Keck reports on Miotte’s show in the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz and films him in his studio: Abstraktion in ihrer schönsten Form, Jean Miotte, der Meister des Informel.
The film is aired during Markus Brocks cultural show on the German SWR TV station.
Aimée and Francis Delille invite Jean Miotte to Bourgogne to create ceramics.
2001 Solo show at the Cathédrale Gallery, Fribourg, organized by the Association of the Round Table.
Included in Salon de Mai, Paris.
Hommage à Michel Seuphor 1901-2001, organized by the Borgerhart art festival in Borgerhout, Antwerp.
Solo show at Guy Pieters Gallery in St. Paul de Vence, France
Estampes originales d’Artistes Contemporains de l’Atelier Del Arco, Maison des Arts, Châtillon.
The Picasso Museum of Antibes projects Raul Ruiz film : Miotte vu par Ruiz for the association of the museum’s friends together with a book signing of Miotte and Verdet for their rare book: l’Oeil constant ( poems by André Verdet and 4 lithographies on stone by Jean Miotte printed in the atelier of Pierre Chave, Vence).
2002 During this year the following solo exhibitions are organized for the work of Jean Miotte :
Museum of Brno, Czech Republic
French Institute Alliance Francaise, New York
Galerie Eva Wild, Frankfurt, Germany
Galerie Cupillard, Grenoble, France
Galerie Matarasso, Nice, France
Galerie La Hune Brenner, Paris, France
Galerie Schoeneck, Basel-Riehen, Switzerland
Château de St. Aubin, Switzerland

Great Opening in November of the
Chelsea Art Museum, Home of the Miotte Foundation
in New York. One large exhibition space will permanently be showing works by Miotte on a changing basis

The French-German television channel Arte features Klaus Scheidsteger’s film about Miotte on June 29, 2002, Miotte: New York- Provence.
The film of Raul Ruiz: Miotte vu par Ruiz is presented in New York by Jonas Mekas’ Anthology Film Archives and by the French Institute.
Miotte’s memoirs : Elan dans le défi were published in 2001 and signed in 2002 in Paris, Nice, Grenoble and Basel.

Printing of a reproduction of a gouache: Happiness and freedom and a silkscreen Hommage à Garcia Llorca


2003 Group show Galerie La Cité, Luxembourg, with Venet
Group show in Saarlouis for the 25th birthday of Treffpunkt
Two new graphics are created : Unforgettable (silkscreen) and Au fil des temps (lithograph on stone)


2004 Anthology, retropective show at the Galerie Hélène Lamarque in Paris Group show organized by Daniel Boulogne, Paris
for the 50th anniversary of Boeing, parts of the first Boeing painted by artists
Creation of 5 different graphics to memorize Alfredo di Stefano, who won 5 world cups, for the 100 th birthday of Real Madrid (for an album of silkscreens with Rotella, Canogar, Garbarron, Oppenheim, Adami, who memorize other sportives)
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