Bernar Venet, retrospective 2019 - 1959

Published by: Venet Foundation | 26-Jul-2018
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) in Lyon and Thierry Raspail (former director of the museum and the Lyon's Bienniale), are presenting the most extensive retrospective ever devoted to Bernar Venet, going back over his 60 years of making art and including the initial performances, drawings, diagrams, and paintings, as well as photographs, sound pieces, films, and sculptures, to encompass the breadth, complexity, and poetry of the artist's wide-ranging output.
Venue: MAC Lyon, France
Address: Cité Internationale /81 quai Charles de Gaulle / Lyon / France
Date: September, 21, 2018
This exhibition presents a remarkable and previously unseen ensemble of 170 artworks, including Venet's early performances, drawings, diagrams, and paintings, as well as the photographs, sound works, films and sculptures that retrace 60 years of creation.

This is the most ambitious retrospective ever devoted to the artist. It aims to examine the different stages that led a certain young artist, of twenty years of age, at the beginning of the 1960s to seek to "remove any form of expression contained in the artwork in order to reduce it to a material fact". He then went on to appropriate astrophysics, nuclear physics and mathematical logic, and took a break of 5 years before finally returning, albeit unexpectedly, to his easel. These paintings were followed by sound works, poetry, and later by indeterminate lines, accidents, random combinations, and dispersions, culminating in the indefinite and curved lines of the monumental sculptures in Corten steel, dedicated to the urban space. In

France Bernar Venet's protean work remains little known today, partly because it is partially exhibited, in certain periods' or selected in terms of a specific medium (his works made using tar, and steel sculptures, etc.). Today, it deserves to be seen in its entirety so that the public can gain an insight into the scale, ambition, complexity, poetry and simplicity of his work. This exhibition covers 60 years of artistic creation. It is spread over three floors of the Museum and is best visited from the ground to the top floor, according to a reversed chronological order. This is the reason why the retrospective is called Bernar Venet 2019"“1959.

On 20 September, for the inauguration of the exhibition, the artist is scheduled to perform a number of actions: La trace de la ligne comme mémoire tangible du geste pictural, Improvisé inachevé, Effondrement and shooting glycerophtalic paint onto cardboard reliefs"¦ Bernar Venet will return in January 2019 to exclusively present his latest creations in Lyon.

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