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Daniel Buren

Daniel Buren is a world-renowned French artist whose work lies at the crossroads of sculpture, installation and painting, as well as action and intervention. He came to fame in Paris with the B.M.P.T. group (the initials of Buren, Mosset, Parmentier and Toroni) in 1966-67 and continued to develop a critique of the art establishment. Buren appropriated a standard format fabric motif of 8.75 cm-wide vertical stripes (which alternate between white and a colour) as a visual instrument, or sign, to ‘expose’. He works on site, or in situ, in relation to the setting, a specific building or public site, its history and the particular circumstances surrounding the work’s production. Two examples that caused heated debate were Peinture-Sculpture at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1971) and the public commission Les Deux Plateaux (1986) at the Palais Royal in Paris. Throughout his career, he has documented all these events and grouped the images under the title Photo-souvenirs. Since the 1990s, his work has become increasingly architectural using fencing or grids, and stained glass window structures, such as his installation for Monumenta at the Grand Palais in Paris (2012).

Daniel Buren (b. 1938, Boulogne-Billancourt, France) lives and works in situ. He represented France at the Venice Biennale in 1986. Several volumes of his catalogue raisonné have already been published.

Selected Images

Selected media

In conversation with Joël Benzakin

On the occasion of Travaux inédits, 2016 (2016)

Exhibitions

Publications

  • Publication

    Daniel Buren
    MOT A MOT

    text by Pierre Bourdieu, published by Xavier Barral, Centre Georges Pompidou, 2002, 496 pages, French

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  • Publication

    Daniel Buren
    A TIGER CANNOT CHANGE ITS STRIPES

    text by Rudi Fuchs, Guy Massaux, Steven ten Thije, Luk Lambrecht, Lieze Eneman, published by Museumcultuur Strombeek/Gent, 2017, 82 pages, English and Dutch

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News

  • Museum Exhibition

    Daniel Buren in Festival Noor Riyadh

    18 March — 30 June 2021
    Travail in situ, KAFD Conference Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia