One Of The Greatest French Living Artists, Bernar Venet Holds Two New Exhibitions In France
“My goal is to free sculpture from the constraints of composition and to criticize the utopian principle of an ideal order,” says Bernar Venet, 77, whose Indeterminate Lines, Arcs, Angles, Diagonals and Straight Lines sculptures fashioned from manipulated raw metal beams and based on concepts of order, disorder, instability and uncertainty have changed the face of art. Focusing on the concept behind an artwork rather than solely its esthetic, he has also worked in a wide range of disciplines throughout his career, including painting, photography, film, poetry, music composition, performance art, furniture design, ballet choreography and set design. Obsessed with making art that changes the history of art, his early piece, Tas de Charbon (Pile of Coal), was significant within the context of art history, as it was the first sculpture devoid of a specific shape, where you could alter its size or exhibit it in various locations at the same time, and where the coal wasn’t used to create an artwork, but instead was the artwork itself.
Now over 170 of his works including drawings, diagrams, paintings, photographs, sound pieces, films and sculptures showcasing the depth and breadth of his multidisciplinary output will go on display in his most comprehensive retrospective ever, which opens on September 21, 2018 and runs until January 6, 2019 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) in Lyon. A second solo show exploring his conceptual years from 1966 to 1976 – a critical decade in his career that started in Nice and progressed in the US, when he introduced the abstraction of scientific research and the objectivity and rationality of mathematics to art – will take place from October 13, 2018 to January 13, 2019 at the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum (MAMAC) in Nice.