Bernar Venet (b 1941) was born in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France. He first gained recognition in the 1960s for the development of his Tar paintings, Relief cartons, and his iconic Tas de charbon (Pile of Coal), the first sculpture without a specific shape. The year 1979 marked a significant turning point in Venet’s career, when he began a series of wood reliefs, Arcs, Angles, Straight Lines, and created the first of his Indeterminate Lines for which he was awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. Over the following decades his work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Asia both in solo museum shows, as well as in major art events such as the Kassel Documenta in 1977, and the Biennales of Paris, Venice and São Paulo. To date he is the most internationally exhibited French artist with 30 public sculpture exhibitions  and monumental works permanently installed in cities including Auckland, Austin, Beijing, Berlin, Cologne, Denver, Geneva, Neu-Ulm, Nice, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo, and Toulouse. Venet has been the recipient of many awards including the Grand Prix des Arts de la Ville de Paris and Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, France's highest decoration. In February 2016, the International Sculpture Center will award Venet the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for his exemplary contributions to the field of sculpture.

Venet currently lives and works between New York and Le Muy in Southern France.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Bernar Venet: Angles, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
 
2015   
Bernar Venet, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg
Bernar Venet: metametria, Vass Collection, Budapest, Hungary
Bernar Venet, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, Venice, Italy (installation coinciding with the Venice Biennale)
Il caos come principio sottovalutato dell'ordine (Chaos as an underestimated principle of order), Giorgio Persano, Turin, Italy
Mathematica, Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin, Germany
 
2014
Hypothèse du point, Espace Jacques Villeglé de Saint Gratien, Saint Gratien, France
Bernar Venet, L'hypothèse de l'arc, von Bartha Garage, Basel, Switzerland
Bernar Venet, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
Bernar Venet / Maquettes, Strandverket Art Museum, Marstrand, Sweden
Homage to Kurt Gödel. A tribute to abstract thinking, Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany
 
2013
Sculptures in Auckland, New Zealand
84 Arcs / Disorder, jardins du Palais de Pharo, Marseille France
Bernar Venet: Paintings. Homage to Al-Khawarizmi, Abbazia di San Gregorio, Venice, Italy
Les origines, Musée Regards de Provence, Marseille, France
Ace Gallery, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California, USA
 
2012
Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
de Sarthe Gallery and Le French May host Bernar Venet: Monumental Sculptures, Hong          
Kong
Bernar Venet: Paintings: 1967 – 2010, de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong
Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
Bernar Venet in Helsinki, Finlande
Art Plural Gallery, Singapore
FLAT (with Frank Stella), Riff Art Projects, Istanbul, Turkey
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
 
2011
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, Germany
Venet-Versailles, Château de Versailles, Château de Marly, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes, France
Bernar Venet in Frankfurt, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, France
VON BARTHA GARAGE, Basel, Switzerland
 
2010
Bernar Venet in Hermann Park, Houston, Texas, organized by Robert McClain Gallery
Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, Spain, curated by Barbara Rose
Bernar Venet in Salzburg, Austria
Le monde de Bernar Venet, Venet in Context, Musée les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France
 

 

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