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Daniel Buren Biography

World-renowned French artist Daniel Buren is acclaimed for his contribution to conceptual art over the past 50 years. As an artist, his practice borders sculpture, installation and painting. Critically, he explores the relationship between art and the framework that continues to structure how we perceive art. Through his practice, Buren particularly challenges our customary ideas about where art is displayed and how it is understood. 

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Buren first developed a critique of the art establishment in Paris in the 1960s. He is best known from this era as a founding member of the BMPT (his surname initial alongside fellow artists Olivier Mosset, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni). The series of four exhibitions that BMPT presented—the ‘manifestations’ (1967)—questioned typical social values regarding artists and their art, for example the authority of the Parisian salons that had governed the art world for centuries. The four men also created work that disregarded the importance of authorship, often implying that one artist’s paintings were painted by another. This notion increased the value of the artistic object itself rather than its novelty. 

The tone of the BMPT philosophy was arguably the biggest influence on Buren’s own  practice. In 1965, he first developed the distinctive artistic motif of exploring the relationship between a work’s medium and its support. He cut fabric into 8.7cm-wide vertical stripes and attached them to unconventional surfaces, objects and spaces. His installation spaces of choice now range from window frames to the cylindrical structures in the renowned courtyard of the Palais-Royal, central Paris (in Les Deux Plateaux (1986)). Buren describes his onsite practice as in situ, as he takes a particular building or place and considers its unique story and context to create his vertically striped geometric designs. 

The stripes in these works typically alternate between white and a bright colour, sometimes creating an optical illusion. Buren also often incorporates light and an array of textures such as Plexiglas into his works to enhance their spatial forms. He has documented each of his explorations and archived this documentation as ‘photo-souvenirs’. 

The 1990s saw Buren’s work become increasingly architectural, employing fencing and grids. During this decade he developed the use of stained-glass window. The bright yet translucent colours in his site-specific installation Monumenta (2012) reflect these explorations in the nave of the Grand Palais in Paris.

Buren’s in situ work culminated in his representation of France at the 1986 Venice Biennale, where he was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion award for the best national pavilion that year.  Since the Biennale pavilion, Buren has completed over 80 international public art works, including Diamonds and Circles, works in situ (2017), completed for the Tottenham Court Road tube station in London. 

Over his career, Buren has received a number of important awards including the International Award for the Best Artist, Stuttgart, Germany (1991) and the Grand Prix National de Peinture, France (1992). He has been the subject of retrospectives at the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (2016); the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2005); and the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2002).

Daniel Buren Featured Artworks

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Photo-souvenir: Tondo NR5 by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenPhoto-souvenir: Tondo NR5, 2019Coloured plexiglass, coloured altuglas, self-adhesive strips and steel
215 x 215 x 4 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Twenty-five Enamel Plates by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenTwenty-five Enamel Plates, 1993Steel, enameled in white and unique color to be mounted on a wall in proscribed manner
17 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
Peinture acrylique sur tissu rayé blanc et jaune d'or by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenPeinture acrylique sur tissu rayé blanc et jaune d'or, 1989Acrylic paint on yellow and white striped cotton canvas
170.2 x 131.4 x 2 cm
Lisson Gallery Contact Gallery
Les Visages colorés  IA - gris by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenLes Visages colorés IA - gris, 2005White vinyl on mirror
210 x 200.1 x 1 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Unique Tablecloth with Laser-cut Lace (Object to be Situated on Table), 2002 (For Parkett 66) by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenUnique Tablecloth with Laser-cut Lace (Object to be Situated on Table), 2002 (For Parkett 66), 2002Two-layered tablecloth: off-white laser-cut design on monochrome under-layer, each tablecloth has a unique combination of design and colour
Parkett Contact Gallery
Voir Double - Travaux Situés - Blue Pastel - RAL 5024 by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenVoir Double - Travaux Situés - Blue Pastel - RAL 5024, 2009MDF, peinture acrylique satinée, plastique, satiné noir
187 x 198 x 26 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Prisms and Mirrors, high relief - n°XIV by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenPrisms and Mirrors, high relief - n°XIV, 2018Wood, glue, lacquer, and vinyl adhesive
150 x 150 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Peinture acrylique blanche sur tissu rayé blanc et noir (White acrylic paint on striped black and white cotton canvas) by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenPeinture acrylique blanche sur tissu rayé blanc et noir (White acrylic paint on striped black and white cotton canvas), 1971Acrylic on cotton canvas wove in vertical black and white stripes
253 x 215 cm
Simon Lee Gallery Contact Gallery

Daniel Buren Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Daniel Buren, Daniel Buren: 8.7 CM at Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
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4 May–13 June 2020 Daniel Buren Daniel Buren: 8.7 CM Krakow Witkin Gallery, BostonBoston
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Reflections on Time and Space at Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
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16 September–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition Reflections on Time and Space Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Reflections on Space and Time at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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1 April–11 May 2019 Group Exhibition Reflections on Space and Time Galeria Nara Roesler, São PauloSão Paulo

Daniel Buren Represented By

Galeria Nara Roesler contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil Galeria Nara Roesler New York, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Lisson Street, London, United Kingdom Lisson Gallery East Hampton, London, New York, Shanghai
Xavier Hufkens contemporary art gallery in 6 rue St-Georges, Brussels, Belgium Xavier Hufkens Brussels

Daniel Buren In Ocula Magazine

Gallery Weekend Beijing: Exhibition Lowdown Ocula Feature Gallery Weekend Beijing: Exhibition Lowdown By Tessa Moldan, Beijing

Between 22 and 31 May, Gallery Weekend Beijing returns for its fourth edition across 798 Art District. This lowdown provides a selection of exhibitions to catch as spring turns to summer in the capital.

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Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 Ocula Feature Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 By Angela Suh, Busan

Located a stones throw from the famed Haeundae Beach, popularised in Korean cinema and countless K-dramas, Art Busan 2016 conveyed a leisurely air brought on by the first warm days of spring. Now in its fifth edition, the fair has grown into a sizeable event showcasing some of the best works in the region. With over 190 participating galleries...

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Total Abstraction: A Report From Art Basel Miami Beach Ocula Feature Total Abstraction: A Report From Art Basel Miami Beach By Stephanie Bailey, Miami

General consensus? This years edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach was better than the last. Everything was “more” – more vibrancy, daring choices, and a more buoyant market. The Public program at Collin’s Park was a complete success, featuring performance pieces by artists including Ryan McNamara, Mungo Thomson and David...

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Daniel Buren In Related Press

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From the return of FIAC to a Russian arrival at Fondation Louis Vuitton: The best cultural pursuits in Paris this October Related Press From the return of FIAC to a Russian arrival at Fondation Louis Vuitton: The best cultural pursuits in Paris this October 18 October 2016, The Telegraph

Frieze may be over for another year, but as the tents are dismantled in London’s Regent’s Park, so the art market circus is preparing to pitch camp in Paris. This week sees the 43rd edition of FIAC, the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain or International Contemporary Art Fair, as well as the second edition of Asia Now...

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Seeing stripes: Daniel Buren shows ten Related Press Seeing stripes: Daniel Buren shows ten 25 September 2016, Wallpaper*

Visitors to Nahmad Contemporary this month will be seeing stripes – and lots of them – as the gallery presents Origin of Stripes: Paintings from 1965­–1966, a collection of paintings by artist Daniel Buren. Featuring ten early works by the French artist, the show marks the first display of the pieces in the United...

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Expo Chicago 2016 announces roster for special projects sectors Related Press Expo Chicago 2016 announces roster for special projects sectors 26 August 2016, ARTNews

Expo Chicago, that city’s annual contemporary art fair, announced the list of participants for its 2016 editions of In/Situ, In/Situ Outside, and Expo Projects. These sectors of the fair feature large-scale installations, and will be placed both at the fair and around Chicago. Expo Chicago opens September 22.

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Child's play: Daniel Buren showcases his new installation at the Museo Espacio Related Press Child's play: Daniel Buren showcases his new installation at the Museo Espacio 27 July 2016, Wallpaper*

When the French abstract minimalist artist Daniel Buren – aka 'the stripe guy' – first discovered the murals of Mexican social realist painters David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera during his maiden voyage to the country in 1957, he says, 'I discovered that I was not only seeing something totally...

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