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Daniel Buren Thinks Big, Sees The World Through Tinted Glass

Daniel Buren Thinks Big, Sees The World Through Tinted Glass

For decades, Daniel Buren’s conceptual art has graced exhibition halls throughout his native France, as well as the international scene. His new work, Excentrique(s), in situ, sees the artist rising to the peak of his artistic career with an exhibition that represents his commitment to developing abstract minimalism. The polychromatic work is on exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris, where Four Tet, Caribou and Jamie xx will offer us exclusive back-to-back-to-back DJ sets this Thursday, June 21st, as part of The Creators Project: Paris 2012.

Buren began his work in the 1960s, attempting to redefine the notion of radicalism in painting. His most notable works explore binary shapes, colors, and their absolute character. In the late 60s, Buren began using the term “in situ,” referring to the practice of creating works specifically for certain locales or settings, a concept which would eventually characterize all of his future works. Today, the work of Daniel Buren continues to explore this question, with many of his pieces complementing public spaces.

Buren’s work led him to represent France at the Venice Biennale in 1986, where he won the prestigious Golden Lion Award, an immensely high honor for contemporary artists. Perhaps his most well-known work is Les Deux Plateaux, a commissioned work situated in the courtyard of the Palais Royal, L’Arc Rouge near the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao or Les Anneaux on the île de Nantes.

The transformative installation located at Grand Palais, Excentrique(s), in situ (below), continues Buren’s tradition of working with color, shape and light. Like many of his former pieces, it’s staggeringly beautiful in its simplicity.


Excentrique(s), in situ, Monumenta, Grand Palais, Paris

Below is a small selection of his other work.


L’Arc Rouge, Musée Guggenheim, Bilbao


Les Deux Plateaux, cour d’honneur du Palais Royal, Paris


Les Anneaux, Quai des Antilles, Nantes


Cela va sans dire, travail in situ, Chapelle Jeanne d’Arc, Thouars