Bernar Venet

We cordially invite you to a virtual tour of our exhibition "JAN VOSS in a dialogue with BERNAR VENET":



Bernar Venet, "Acute Angles - Disorder"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Acute Angles - Disorder"

Farbaquatintaradierung 2021

95 x 104,5 cm, Pr. 75,5 x 87,5 cm

sign. num. bet.

Auflage 50 Exemplare

[26735]


Exhibition


""What matters, is that the unexpected has a chance and that surprises can arise. Under no circumstances this shall not be extincted by repeating of what has already been found elsewhere and, one shall not pretend to be in the know instead of inventing."
Jan Voss


"I wish to introduce an art form of the unproportional, of the unconstructed, of the indeterminate. A discipline, in which the unpredictable, the unexpected is generated under different parameters."
Bernar Venet


Bernar Venet, "Ligne indéterminée"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Ligne indéterminée"

Gewalzter Stahl mit schwarzer Patina 1987

19 x 60 cm x 30 cm

[25962]

Jan Voss, ohne Titel, Voss 13035

Jan Voss

(geb. 1936 Hamburg)

ohne Titel

Assemblage, Acryl auf Holz 2013

172 x 137 cm x 18 cm

sign. dat. bez.

Voss 13035

[25862]

25.06.–21.08.2021

"JAN VOSS in a dialogue with BERNAR VENET"

JAN VOSS (born in Hamburg 1936) & BERNAR VENET (born in Château-Arnoux 1941)

gefördert durch die Stiftung Kunstfonds NEUSTART KULTUR

sponsored by Stiftung Kunstfonds NEUSTART KULTUR


Bernar Venet, "Undetermined Line"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Undetermined Line"

Gewalzter Stahl mit Patina 1987

23 x 41 cm x 15 cm

sign.

[25989]

Jan Voss, "Deep dip", Voss 13049

Jan Voss

(geb. 1936 Hamburg)

"Deep dip"

Acryl, Ölkreide, Collage auf Leinwand 2013

210 x 180 cm

sign. dat.

Voss 13049

[22911]

Our exhibition "JAN VOSS im Dialog mit BERNAR VENET" will be opened
on Friday 25 June 2021 between 6 p.m.–8 p.m.&
on Saturday 26 June 2021 between 11 a.m.–10 p.m.3 p.m.

The artist Jan Voss will be present.

We are very much looking forward to your visit!





The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue (84 pages, Euro 10).


You also have the possibility to leaf through the cataloque (PDF) virtually here.

Katalog Button

Bernar Venet, "85.5' ARC x 23"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"85.5° ARC x 23"

Gewalzter Stahl (Rost) 2012

44 x 34 cm x 46 cm

sign. num. bet.

Auflage 12 Exemplare

[25987]

Jan Voss, ohne Titel, Voss 19022

Jan Voss

(geb. 1936 Hamburg)

ohne Titel

Assemblage, Acryl auf Holz 2019

132 x 97 cm x 11 cm

sign. dat. bez.

Voss 19022

[25879]


Special opening hours during
"K1 Galerien Köln":
Friday 25 June 2021 6 p.m.–11 p.m.
Saturday 26 June 2021 12 p.m.–8 p.m.



Bernar Venet, "Grib"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Grib"

Set mit 3 Radierungen, Polymergravur, Carborundum 2015

91,5 x 126 cm, Pr. 72,5 x 108,8 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 77 Exemplare

[25918]

Jan Voss, ohne Titel, Voss 20007

Jan Voss

(geb. 1936 Hamburg)

ohne Titel

Acryl auf Papier sowie diverse Materialien 2020

161 x 120 cm

sign. dat. bez.

Voss 20007

[25883]

Bernar Venet, "Indeterminate Line"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Indeterminate Line"

Set mit 3 Farbradierungen 2016

ca. 94 x 102 / 110 cm, Pr. ca. 74 x 80 / 92 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 72 Exemplare

[25965]

Jan Voss, ohne Titel, Voss 20008

Jan Voss

(geb. 1936 Hamburg)

ohne Titel

Acryl auf Papier sowie diverse Materialien 2020

161 x 120 cm

sign. dat. bez.

Voss 20008

[25884]


Press release (German)



"JAN VOSS im Dialog mit BERNAR VENET"

Das Format der Doppelausstellung führt die Galerie Boisserée ab Juni mit der Ausstellung "JAN VOSS im Dialog mit BERNAR VENET" fort. Die Werke beider Künstler waren in der Galerie bereits in einigen Einzelausstellungen zu sehen. Die kommende Ausstellung setzt ihre Graphiken, Gemälde, Collagen und Skulpturen erstmals in Beziehung zueinander.
Wenn auch nicht sofort, so lassen sich doch Berührungspunkte zwischen den farbigen, wie zufällig arrangiert wirkenden Bildern von Jan Voss und den reduzierten Skulpturen und Graphiken von Bernar Venet ausmachen.
Jan Voss' Gemälde und Collagen sind von Spontaneität geprägt, sind überbordend farbig oder zarte Liniengebilde auf weißem Malgrund. Seine Arbeiten sind voll von dicht gedrängten kleinen Motiven, Formen und Farbflächen, die der Künstler direkt und ohne Vorzeichnung auf die Leinwand bringt. Trotz aller Direktheit im Entstehungsprozess und trotz der oft hohen Komplexität, bleiben diese malerischen Konstrukte im Gleichgewicht und sind fein ausbalanciert. Dem Betrachter obliegt es, in diese bunten Welten einzutauchen und die Phantasie des Malers zu seiner eigenen werden zu lassen. Alsbald finden sich Figuren, Gesichter, Körperteile, Tiere und allerlei abstrakte Konstrukte, die mit einander agieren, kämpfen oder friedlich koexistieren.
Während die zarten, weißgrundierten Gemälde flächig sind und leise an Comiczeichnungen erinnern, haben die stark farbigen Bilder eine haptische Komponente. Einzelne Farbflächen oder Rasterelemente scheinen physisch aus den Bildern herauszutreten. Diese Anmutung führt Voss in logischer Konsequenz in seinen Papiercollagen weiter. Die bemalten Papiere oder Kartons wellen und biegen sich und zeigen eine kraftvolle Bilddynamik, was sich in den großen Holzcollagen fortsetzt.
So vehement die Arbeiten von Jan Voss auch auftreten, so sind sie doch allesamt geprägt vom virtuosen und ewigen Zusammenspiel aus Chaos und Ordnung, Werden und Vergehen.

Auf ebenso grundlegenden Phänomenen basiert das Werk des französischen Künstlers Bernar Venet. Bewegung in Zeit und Raum sowie geometrische Grundsätze bestimmen sein Schaffen. Im Zentrum seines Werkes steht die Linie. Gleichzeitig verbindend wie auch weiterführend ist sie ein elementares geometrisches Objekt. Venet integriert die Aspekte des Zufalls und der Unbestimmtheit in sein Werk. So entstehen aus einer eigentlich strengen Formensprache Bildräume und Skulpturen aus nur einem einzigen Motiv, der Linie. In den graphischen Arbeiten kann der Betrachter die kraftvolle und dynamische Auseinandersetzung erspüren, die der Bildhauer Venet in der Bearbeitung seines Materials durchlebt.

Die gemeinsamen Grundelemente, die Jan Voss und Bernar Venet zu ihren ganz unterschiedlichen Werken inspirieren, lassen sich in der Ausstellung mit Begeisterung nachvollziehen.



Please see all of the works from the exhibition here – Jan Voss.

Please see all of the works from the exhibition here – Bernar Venet:



Works of art

Bernar Venet, "Ligne indéterminée"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Ligne indéterminée"

Gewalzter Stahl mit schwarzer Patina 1987

19 x 60 cm x 30 cm

[25962]

Bernar Venet, "Lignes Indéterminées"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Lignes Indéterminées"

Set mit 6 Farbradierungen 1996

50,8 x 50,8 cm, Pr. 39,5 x 39,6 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 90 Exemplare

[25964]

Bernar Venet, "Undetermined Line"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Undetermined Line"

Gewalzter Stahl mit Patina 1987

23 x 41 cm x 15 cm

sign.

[25989]

Bernar Venet, "224,5' ARC X 5"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"224.5° ARC X 5"

Aluminium, schwarz lackiert 2002

13 x 57 cm x 54 cm

sign. num. bet.

Auflage 25 Exemplare

[23990]

Bernar Venet, "Arcs in Disorder, 83.5' ARC X 14"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Arcs in Disorder, 83.5° ARC X 14"

Gewalzter Stahl mit dunkler Patina 2006

91,4 x 36,8 cm x 14 cm

sign. num. bet.

Auflage 30 Exemplare

[25988]

Bernar Venet, "Lignes droites / Désordre"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Lignes droites / Désordre"

6 druckgraphische Arbeiten in schwarz patinierter Stahlbox m. Skulptur 2011

14,5 x 84 cm x 60 cm

sign. num. bet.

Auflage 40 (72) Exemplare

[24850]

Bernar Venet, "85.5' ARC x 23"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"85.5° ARC x 23"

Gewalzter Stahl (Rost) 2012

44 x 34 cm x 46 cm

sign. num. bet.

Auflage 12 Exemplare

[25987]

Bernar Venet, "Effondrement: Arcs"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Effondrement: Arcs"

aus dem Portfolio mit 4 Radierungen

Farbradierung, Polymergravur, Photoätzung 2013

114,8 x 99,3 cm, Pr. 90,4 x 75,5 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 68 Exemplare

[25919][25955][25956]

Bernar Venet, "Effondrement: Arcs"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Effondrement: Arcs"

aus dem Portfolio mit 4 Radierungen

Farbradierung, Polymergravur, Photoätzung 2013

99 x 114,8 cm, Pr. 74,9 x 97,6 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 68 Exemplare

[25954]

Bernar Venet, "Effondrement (Indeterminate Line)"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Effondrement (Indeterminate Line)"

aus dem Portfolio mit 2 Radierungen

Farbradierung, Photoätzung 2014

76,2 x 94,7 cm, Pr. 59,5 x 79,2 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 48 Exemplare

[25960]

Bernar Venet, "Effondrement (Angles)"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Effondrement (Angles)"

aus dem Portfolio mit 2 Radierungen

Farbradierung, Photoätzung 2014

76,2 x 94,6 cm, Pr. 59,5 x 79,2 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 48 Exemplare

[25961]

Bernar Venet, "Grib"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Grib"

Set mit 3 Radierungen, Polymergravur, Carborundum 2015

91,5 x 126 cm, Pr. 72,5 x 108,8 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 77 Exemplare

[25918]

Bernar Venet, "Indeterminate Line"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Indeterminate Line"

Set mit 3 Farbradierungen 2016

ca. 94 x 102 / 110 cm, Pr. ca. 74 x 80 / 92 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 72 Exemplare

[25965]

Bernar Venet, "Indeterminate Line"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Indeterminate Line"

aus dem Portfolio mit 3 Radierungen

Farbradierung 2016

93,8 x 110,5 cm, Pr. 74,5 x 92,4 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 60 Exemplare

[25963]

Bernar Venet, "Effondrement: 10 Arcs"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Effondrement: 10 Arcs"

Stahl mit schwarzer Patina auf polierter Stahlbasis 2016/17

12 x 50 cm x 50,8 cm

sign. num. bet.

Auflage 27 Exemplare

[25917]

Bernar Venet, "Random Combination of Indeterminate Lines"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"Random Combination of Indeterminate Lines"

Mappenwerk mit 6 Farbradierungen 2018/19

68,5 x 91 cm, Pr. 46 x 70 cm

sign. num. bet.

Auflage 65 Exemplare

[25916][25915]

Bernar Venet, "3 Indeterminate Lines"

Bernar Venet

(geb. 1941 Château-Arnoux)

"3 Indeterminate Lines"

Farbradierung 2020

77,8 x 95,8 cm, Pr. 59,9 x 79,7 cm

sign. num. bet.

Auflage 90 Exemplare

[25958][25957][25959]


Biography

1941 Born on April 20 in Château-Arnoux, France.
1958 Studies for one year at the Villa Thiole, the municipal art school of the city of Nice.
1959 Employed as a stage designer for the Nice City Opera.
1964 Participates in the "Salon comparaisons" at the Museum of Modern Art, Paris.
1965 Exhibits his works at the IVth Paris Biennial.
1966 Creates a ballet, Graduation, to be danced on a vertical plane. Starts making new work based on the use of mathematical diagrams.
1971 Bernar Venet decides, for theoretical reasons, to cease his artistic activities.
1974 Teaches "Art and Art Theory" at the Sorbonne, Paris. A representative for France at the XIIIe São Paulo Biennale, Brazil.
1976 Starts creating artistic work again.
1977 Exhibits at "Documenta VI", Kassel, Germany.
1978 Participates in the exhibition "From Nature to Art. From Art to Nature." at the Venice Biennale, Italy.
1979 Awarded a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, Washington, DC.
1984 Starts creating his sculptures at Atelier Marioni, a foundry in the Vosges region of France.
1988 Jean-Louis Martinoty asks Bernar Venet to stage his ballet Graduation (conceived in 1966) at the Paris Opéra. The artist is the author of the music, choreography, set designs and costumes. Received the 1988 Design Award for his sculpture in front of the World Trade Center, Norfolk, Virginia.
1989 Awarded the Grand Prix des Arts de la Ville de Paris.
1991 Creates several musical compositions including Sound and Resonance at the Studio Miraval, Var, France. Release of two compact discs on the Circé-Paris label, Gravier/Goudron, 1963, and Acier Roulé E 24-2, 1990.
1993 Invited to participate in the artists' film festival in Montreal, Canada for his film Rolled Steel XC-10.
1994 Mr. Jacques Chirac, then the Mayor of Paris, invites Venet to present twelve sculptures from his Indeterminate Line series on the Champ de Mars. This exhibition kicks off a world tour of Venet's sculptures.
1996 Awarded the honor of "Commandeur dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the Minister of Culture in France. Presentation of the film Lines, directed by Thierry Spitzer, which covers the artist's complete oeuvre.
1997 Moves to a studio in Chelsea in New York City. Begins a news series of sculpture entitled "Arcs x 4" and "Arcs x 5". Becomes a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, based in Salzburg, Austria.
1998 Travels to China. Invited by the Mayor of Shanghai to participate in the Shanghai International Sculpture Symposium.
1999 Installation of a public sculpture in the city of Cologne, Germany in honor of the G-8 Summit. Releases the third version of the film Tarmacadam (from 1963) with Arkadin Productions. Exhibits at the Musée d'Art moderne et contemporain in Geneva. Publishes a compilation of his poetry, Apoétiques 1967-1998.
2000 New series of wall paintings, Major Equations, exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and São Paulo, and at the Centre d'art contemporain Georges Pompidou in Cajarc, as well as at MAMCO in Geneva. A year of important publications: Bernar Venet: 1961-1970, a monograph about the young artist written by Robert C. Morgan; Sursaturation an original work about reflections on the possibilities of literature; Bernar Venet: Sculptures and Reliefs, written by Arnaud Pierre; La Conversion du regard a compilation of texts and interviews from 1975-2000; Global Diagonals, a catalogue concerning a humanistic, artistic and technological project with straight lines (each 300 feet long) virtually connecting the five continents.
2001 Assouline publishes Furniture, a book on all of his designs, in conjunction with exhibitions of his furniture at the Galerie Rabouan Moussion and at SM'ART (Salon du mobilier et de l'objet design) at the Carrousel du Louvre, both in Paris. Inauguration of the Chapelle-Saint-Jean in Chateau-Arnoux, France. The stained glass windows and all the furniture are designed by Bernar Venet. Poetry reading at White Box, New York, with Robert Morgan. Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont in Paris exhibits new series of Equation paintings.
2002 A performance evening incorporating the artist's poetry, film and music at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France. Exhibits Indeterminate Line sculptures at the Galerie Academia in Salzburg, Austria, and at Robert Miller Gallery in New York. Monograph by Thomas McEvilley on the artist's complete body of work published in French and German. Exhibits Equation and new Saturation paintings at Anthony Grant, Inc., in New York. Traveling sculpture show arrives in the United States, and twelve large sculptures are exhibited at The Fields at Art Omi International Sculpture Park in New York State for the summer. The show moves to the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida in November.
2003 Seventeen solo exhibitions this year, including a retrospective of his early work from 1961-1963 at the Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, France, and Autoportrait tomodensitométrique at the Musée d'Art moderne et d'Art contemporain (MAMAC) in Nice, France. Exhibits Saturation paintings in France, California and at the Art Basel Miami Beach Fair. L'Yeuse, Paris publishes first book on Equation paintings, written by Donald Kuspit. Traveling sculpture show makes its way through Europe: in Nice, France; the city of Luxembourg; Bad Homburg, Germany; Schloss Herberstein, Austria; and in the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris.
2004 Three simultaneous solo exhibitions at locations in New York City, notably the Robert Miller Gallery as well as three large-scale sculptures on the Park Avenue Malls. Publication of Art: A Matter of Context, a book of the artist's writings and interviews spanning 1975-2003. Traveling sculpture show makes its way to: the city of Liège, Belgium; Miami, Florida; and Denver, Colorado. A year of important commissions for: Bosch Collection in Stuttgart, Germany; AGF, Paris, France; and the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver. Retrospective of the artist's Arcs exhibited at the Musée Sainte-Croix of Poitiers, France. Related survey, L'hypothèse de l'arc, is published a year later.
2005 On January 1, the artist is named "Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur", France's highest decoration. His sculptures continue to tour Europe and North America, with exhibitions in Boulogne-Billancourt and Cergy-Pontoise in France; at the Galerie Guy Pieters Knokke-le Zoute, Belgium; the Evo Gallery in New Mexico; and the Carrie Secrist in Chicago, Illinois.
2006 Receives the Robert Jacobsen prize for sculpture from the Würth Stiftung in Germany. Chosen by the jury at the Ministry of Culture in Paris to paint the ceiling of the Palais Cambon of the Cour des Comptes in Paris, in celebration of the establishment's bicentennial in 2007.
2007 Inauguration of Saturation on the ceiling of the Cour des Comptes in Paris by President Jacques Chirac. Three retrospective exhibitions: at the National Museum of Contemporary Art near Seoul, South Korea; the Busan Museum of Modern Art in Busan, South Korea; and the Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst in Duisburg, Germany. Traveling sculpture show moves to the French cities of Bordeaux and Metz. June sees the inauguration of 25 meter Arcs commissioned for the Toulouse Métro.
2008 Sotheby's for the first time invites a single artist - Bernar Venet - to present his work on the grounds of the Isleworth Country Club. From January through April 2008, approximately twenty-five monumental sculptures showcase the artist's work of the last two decades, highlighting some of his most distinctive themes. In the fall, the city of San Diego hosts a dozen of the artist's sculptures in California.
2009 L'Espace de l'Art Concret in Mouans-Sartoux stages the first public exhibition of artwork from the Venet Family Collection. The Arsenale Novissimo grants him 1,200 square meters of space in the 53rd Venice Biennale to exhibit four new monumental sculptures. A survey of paintings and sculptures is mounted at the Kunsthalle Darmstadt in Germany, then moves to the Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels, supplemented by an exhibition of new Shaped Canvases at the Galerie Guy Pieters in Knokke-Heist, Belgium.
2010 Valencia's IVAM mounts a retrospective of Venet's conceptual work as well as a full survey of his paintings under the curatorship of Barbara Rose. The Texan-French Alliance of the Arts and McClain Gallery lead the charge of bringing Public Art to Houston, in the form of 10 large-scale sculptures by Venet installed in Hermann Park. The Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur organizes for a group of sculptures in Salzburg, Austria. President Nicolas Sarkozy inaugurates a monumental sculpture on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice in honor of the 150th anniversary of the city's reunification with France. Two commissions in Seoul, South Korea for Dongkuk Steel Mill and Hannam The Hill.
2011 Mounts a painting retrospective at the Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea, and the Hôtel des Arts, Toulon. Exhibits seven monumental sculptures on the grounds of the Château de Versailles, and the Château de Marly in France, including Arcs of 22 meters framing the statue of Louis XIV at the palace entrance. A film, Venet / Sculptures is produced by Thierry Spitzer on the occasion of Venet à Versailles. Exhibits sculptures at the Salinger Foundation in Le Thor and in the city of Valenciennes, France, as well as in Frankfurt, Germany, and sees the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz present his drawings on the occasion of the acquisition of a sculpture for their permanent collection. Develops his work on steel wall reliefs (GRIBS), which he inaugurates at the Von Bartha Garage in Basel, Switzerland.
2012 Stages a retrospective at the Müscarnok Museum in Budapest, Hungary. March sees the inauguration of 88.5° Arc x 8, a 27-meter tall sculpture on Gibbs Farm near Auckland, New Zealand, and the announcement by Valencia's IVAM that Venet will be the 2013 recipient of the International Julio González Sculpture Prize. A biographical note on Bernar Venet is included in the 2012 Edition of the Dictionnaire Larousse, which became available to the public in June 2012. Is approached by Bugatti to design a unique, one-of-a-kind Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, with his iconic Saturations to reproduce the actual formulas used by the engineers. The sports car was unveiled at the Rubell Family Collection, during Art Basel Miami, in December.
2013 The French Postal Service will issue a commemorative stamp of the artist's 22-meter Vertical Arcs that were exhibited at the Château de Versailles in 2011. In the spring, the artist participated in a group show, Blickachsen 9, in collaboration with the Maeght Foundation (Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France), in Bad Homburg, Germany. Then, the artist exhibited in Marseille in the context of Marseille-Provence - 2013's European Capital of Culture. In the summer he showed works in the 55th Venice Biennale over the summer. He also exhibited his sculptures and GRIBS at the ACE Gallery in California.
2014 After extending his show at Ace Gallery, in California, the artist exhibits Saturations, GRIBs, and sculptures at Hyundai Gallery, in Seoul, and mounts a retrospective on Points, at the Espace Jacques Villeglé de Saint Gratien, France. The inauguration for the Venet Foundation took place in July, in Le Muy, France. The Foundation is open by reservation only to a limited number of groups each year. Other exhibitions this year include solo shows at the Strandverket Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as von Bartha Garage, in Basel, Switzerland, coinciding with Art Basel, and at the Galerie Scheffel, in Bad Homburg, Germany.
2015 Develops his work on the Angles, and presents a new series of Effondrements based on Angles, simultaneously showing them in Venice during the Biennale, in Pilane in Sweden, and in Veszprém in Hungary. The International Sculpture Center (ISC) announces that Venet will be the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.
2016 Venet receives the 2016 International Sculpture Center (ISC) Lifetime Achievement Award. Exhibits his Angles sculptures in a solo exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York. Concurrently, and in collaboration with Paul Kasmin Gallery, the Department of Transportation, and the Union Square Partnership, Disorder: 9 Uneven Angles is installed in Union Square, New York through June. June sees two important public installations: 89° Arc x 14, a 17 meter tall permanent sculpture, is unveiled in Bonn, Germany, in collaboration with the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur. Effondrement: Arcs, a temporary site-specific work of 20 tons, is installed in Basel, Switzerland, in collaboration with the Galerie von Bartha, as part of the city's Art Parcours program. Three additional solo shows took place: one at Galeria Cayón, in Madrid, Spain, one at the Espace de l'art concret in Mouans-Sartoux, France, and one in Custot Gallery Dubai, U.A.E. A temporary public installation in collaboration with Custot Gallery and as part of Abu Dhabi Art 2016 was on view through part of 2017. An effondrement of Arcs was also installed at the Palazzo Cisterna, Turin, Italy. Blain|Southern announces its worldwide representation of Bernar Venet.
2017 Arcs, an exhibition of large-scale drawings was on view at the Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York). 9 Acute Uneven Angles is installed in Chicago and will be on display through August. In June, Blain|Southern in London exhibits seminal works of Venet's early years (1961-1984), marking Venet's first show in the UK in over forty years. Monumental sculptures were shown at the Cliveden estate, the most visited National Trust property in England, and later at Cass Sculpture Foundation, while Venet's 17 Acute Unequal Angles is selected to feature in Frieze Sculpture Park in Central London. 86.5° Arc x 4, a 10-meter tall sculpture, is inaugurated in Bernar Venet's hometown, Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, France. An anthology covering fifty years of Venet's conceptual poetry is published. The Montblanc Cultural Foundation announces Venet as the winner of the 2017 edition of the Montblanc de la Culture Award for France for his contributions and patronage to the arts.
2018 Two important solo exhibitions are planned for the fall: a full retrospective at Musée d'art contemporain in Lyon, and a show focused on Venet's conceptual period at Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain in Nice, France. Both shows will be accompanied by significant volumes on the artist's work, as well as an anthology of the most important essays and critical texts on the artist over the past fifty years.
2019 Venet creates a series works at de Sarthe in Hong Kong that explore the borders between performance, painting and sculpture, culminating in a live performance at Sotheby's Hong Kong during Art Basel Hong Kong for the benefit of amfAR. April sees the unveiling of Venet's new steel reliefs, Continuous Curves, alongside a presentation of his Indeterminate Lines in his first exhibition at Blain | Southern, Berlin. Participates in the show Gigantisme : Art et Industrie in Dunkirk, where he shows an effondrement of Arcs. Inauguration of the Arc Majeur, on kilometer 99 of highway E411, between Brussels and Luxembourg. This project, initially conceived in 1984, becomes reality thanks to the support of Bernard Serin, and the philanthropy of the Fondation John Cockerill.
2020 Presents a 17-meter long steel bar and holds a performance on the Hypothesis of the Straight Line at the Fondation CAB, in Brussels. An important summer for publications, with a comprehensive overview on Venet's Reliefs in collaboration with the Galerie der Stadt, Tuttlingen; Elements of Furniture, organized by the Galerie Philippe Gravier, Paris; and a monograph by Phaidon as part of their Contemporary Artists series, all released. In November, Von Bartha will present Trajectory in their gallery space while inaugurating Von Bartha Insight with Venet at the Volkshaus, in Basel. Venet's Indeterminate Lines help to inaugurate the He Art Museum in Guangdong, China, and his early work features in Soleils noirs at the Musée du Louvre-Lens, France.



Bernar Venet

Bernar Venet, born in 1941 in Château-Arnoux, France, is considered one of the most important contemporary sculptors.

His unmistakable steel sculptures have made him a worldwide presence. In Germany he became famous in 1987 for the 20m high black metal arch "ARC 124,5" donated by the French state on the occasion of Berlin's 750th anniversary.

The line determines the theme of his artistic work. In his sculptures it is the object with which he deals with the phenomena of time, space and movement. Through the initially strictly geometric straight lines, angles and arcs, he arrives at a preoccupation with the free line, which is not mathematically determined. He called it "ligne indéterminée", indefinite line. Irregular spiral shapes and random combinations of indeterminate lines o f steel are created - a feat of strength between the hardness of the material and the artist's will to form. Recognizing that there is no ideal arrangement, he adds chance to his work as a factor of indeterminacy.

His drawings as well as his graphic œuvre illustrate the enormous variety of forms that the eye only perceives successively as it walks around the sculpture. They are never sketches, but show the sculptures as the result.

Venet works in France and New York. Venet receives his impulses and creative restlessness from these changes of place with their contrasts.


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