Daniel Buren is a contemporary Conceptual French artist best known for using regular, contrasting coloured stripes integrating visual surface and architectural space, notably on historical, landmark architecture.
Born in 1938 in Boulogne-Billancourt (France), he studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Métiers d’Art in Paris, graduated and started painting in 1960. By 1965, he gave up traditional painting for the 8.7 cm-wide vertical stripes, which alternated between white and one colour, becoming his signature. Working on-site, he strives to contextualise his artistic practice using the stripe – a popular French fabric motif – as a means of visually relating art to its situation, a form of language in space rather than a space in itself.
Between 1966 and 1967, with the artists Olivier Mosset, Michel Parmentier, and Niele Toroni, he found art group BMPT, whose intention was to question notions of authorship: the art object was more important than its authorship. In other words, they suppressed subjectivity and expressiveness in favour of practical systems, such as the utilization of neutral, repetitive patterns. Before producing his stripes for private homes, public places and museums worldwide, Buren set up hundreds of striped posters, so-called Affichages Sauvages, around Paris and in more than 100 Metro stations, raising the public attention.
His most controversial work, Deux Plateaux (1986), Daniel Buren covered one of the courtyards of the Palais-Royal in Paris with columns with his signature, vertical stripes. Denoting the trademark stripes as a visual instrument, he invites viewers to take up his critical standpoint challenging traditional ideas about art.
Since the 1960s, Buren’s work has become more architectural. He creates new space within existing environments such as city centres (A Colored Square in the Sky, 2007), public parks (La Cabane Éclatée aux 4 Salles, 2005), entire museums (The Eye of the Storm, 2005), and even beaches (Le Vent soufle où il veut, 2009).
His work can be found in the permanent collection of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, the Moderna Museet, among others.
Daniel Buren currently lives and work in Paris.
South Korea vs. The World8 May - 4 July 2021 QG KnokkeExperience the captivating exhibition, "South Korea VS the World," at QG Gallery. Opening on May 8, 2021, in Knokke, this curated showcase invites you to delve into a captivating dialogue between two distinct artistic realms. Discover mesmerizing works by prominent South Korean artists alongside visionary creations from international talents. Immerse yourself in the transformative power of art, fostering cross-cultural exchange and uniting diverse perspectives. Join us at QG Gallery for a journey of cultural exploration and artistic discovery.
Hungary vs. The World9 January - 28 March 2020 QG BrusselsExperience the cultural collision in "HUNGARY VS. THE WORLD" exhibition at QG GALLERY, opening January 9, 2020. Celebrate renowned international artists like Peter Halley, Frank Stella, and Daniel Buren alongside the rediscovery of Hungarian masters such as Imre Bak and Lazlo Moholy-Nagy. Explore the impact of exile on Hungarian art and the resilience of artists like Victor Vasarely. Witness the innovative use of technology and abstraction by Ferenc Lantos and the Pècs Workshop. Immerse yourself in the vibrant geometric abstractions of Imre Bak. This mirror exhibition aims to grant well-deserved recognition to marginalized Hungarian artists. Join us for the opening reception on January 9 and enjoy the exhibition until March 28, 2020. Visit us Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm, or by appointment.
Power of Repetition6 September - 22 December 2018 QG BrusselsPower of Repetition exhibition explores the impact of repetition in art from the 20th century to the present. BMPT collective, including Buren, Mosset, and Toroni, challenged authorship through neutral repetitive patterns. Andre revolutionized sculpture by inviting viewers to walk upon his flat, ground-level works. Rickey mastered abstract kinetic sculptures with controlled movements. McCollum's Perfect Vehicles showcased unique variations of reproduced vases. Gorchov's concave paintings and Whitney's colorful grids regain recognition. Joseph's two-color paintings evoke mood and place, while Charlton's monochromes emphasize physicality. Experience Yves Klein's iconic IKB blue, symbolizing luminosity and spirituality.