b. 1949, France

Bertrand Lavier Biography

Bertrand Lavier came to international attention in the 1976 Venice Biennale. With his large scale assemblages, or "building sites," Lavier explored ideas of appropriation and simulacrum, diverting images of contemporary mass culture into works of art. Influenced by the works of Duchamp and the Nouveaux Realists, as well as conceptual artist such as Joseph Kosuth and Dennis Oppenheim, Lavier attempted to expose underlying tensions between fine art and its representation, reality and simulation. His most well known work subvert the paradoxical relationship between painting and sculpture, by coating ready-made objects, such as refrigerators, pianos and tables, with thick layers of impasto. Unlike his contemporaries who emphasised the dematerialisation of the art object, Lavier's works strike a balance between powerful visual image and conceptual gesture. Characteristic of his practice is the translation of motifs between media, an aesthetic grafting that is also a tongue in statement.

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Bertrand Lavier had a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 2012. Recent projects include En résonance avec la Biennale d’art Contemporain de Lyon at the Musée d’Art Moderne de St Etienne, France (2011) and Afternoon, at Tsum, Moscow and the Hermes Museum in Seoul, Korea (2010). In 2008, his work was shown at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, in Musée Correspondances. Bertrand Lavier/Edouard Manet. Betrand Lavier was born in Châtillon-sur-Seine, France, in 1949. 

Bertrand Lavier Featured Artworks

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Walt Disney Productions 1947 - 2014, No. 9 by Bertrand Lavier contemporary artwork painting
Bertrand Lavier Walt Disney Productions 1947 - 2014, No. 9, 2014 Ink jet print on canvas, acrylic paint
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Objets soclés (Pylône) by Bertrand Lavier contemporary artwork sculpture
Bertrand Lavier Objets soclés (Pylône), 2004 Pylon, metal and wooden base
60 x 30 x 30 cm
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La Bocca | Bosch by Bertrand Lavier contemporary artwork sculpture
Bertrand Lavier La Bocca | Bosch, 2005 Couch on freezer
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Elsenham by Bertrand Lavier contemporary artwork mixed media
Bertrand Lavier Elsenham, 2017 Acrylic and Plexiglas mirror on wood
190 x 150 cm
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Atomium, détail n°12 by Bertrand Lavier contemporary artwork sculpture
Bertrand Lavier Atomium, détail n°12, 2007 Acrylic on aluminium
158 x 305 x 15 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
OKU AIZU by Bertrand Lavier contemporary artwork mixed media
Bertrand Lavier OKU AIZU, 2018 Acrylic on dibond mirror on wood
159 x 124 cm
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Walt Disney Productions 1947-2013 N°9 by Bertrand Lavier contemporary artwork painting
Bertrand Lavier Walt Disney Productions 1947-2013 N°9, 2013 Acrylic on inkjet print on canvas
207 x 210 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
City 2 by Bertrand Lavier contemporary artwork mixed media
Bertrand Lavier City 2, 2011 Neon
220 x 220 x 15 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery

Bertrand Lavier Recent Exhibitions

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Bertrand Lavier Represented By

KEWENIG contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany KEWENIG Berlin, Palma
Xavier Hufkens contemporary art gallery in St-Georges, Brussels, Belgium Xavier Hufkens Brussels

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