​The French conceptual artist Bernar Venet (b.1941, Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, France) rose to prominence in the late Sixties through the avant-garde art scene in New York. He moved to the city in 1966 and quickly became instrumental in developing a radical new proposition involving the use of mathematics and scientific language alongside artists such as On Kawara, Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Kosuth, Art & Language and Robert Barry.

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Bernar Venet Blain Southern Photo Credit Steve Benisty New York
Photo: Steve Benisty, New York

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

Blain|Southern London
Looking Forward: 1961-1984

Looking Forward: 1961-1984

8 June – 22 July 2017

INSTITUTIONS

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire, UK
Bernar Venet at Cliveden

Bernar Venet at Cliveden

9 May – 15 October 2017

Espace de l'Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux, FR
Les origines, 1961-1966

Les origines, 1961-1966

12 June – 13 November 2016

BIOGRAPHY

It is Venet’s insatiable curiosity and desire to push both his own limits and the frontiers of art, that have led to him making a significant impact on the development of contemporary art. For example, his installation, Tas de Charbon, (Pile of Coal), 1963, is widely recognised as the first sculpture without a specific shape and also as the first recorded instance of an unmanipulated natural material presented as a work of art.

Even whilst in military service in France, during his twenties, Venet created opportunities to experiment with painting and produced sound performance pieces in the parade ground of his barracks. Until 1966 he predominately created paintings with tar and cardboard relief works.

He travelled to New York in 1966 and made a permanent move there by the end of the year, encouraged by fellow French artist and New York resident Arman, who he knew from Nice. In 1971, after four productive years in Soho, Venet broke off his artistic activities as part of a plan he had defined years before. He devoted himself to theory and teaching at the Sorbonne in Paris, and was the subject of a retrospective exhibition in New York at only 30 years old. He resumed his art-making practice in 1976 with a renewed focus on the line as his main subject.

Focussing now on all variants of the line as a fundamental subject, arcs, angles and both straight and indeterminate lines have come to define his aesthetic, with mathematical investigations of chance and chaos providing a conceptual grounding to how his sculptures are realised. From this point Venet navigates significant sculptural issues such as equilibrium, control and the relationship with the environment. 

He created the first of his seminal Indeterminate Lines by experimenting in a series of wood reliefs. He soon developed these formalist sculptures in the medium of steel, a material central to his theories, specifically Venet says that his sculptures are about how the material resists. It is a test of strength—a battle between myself and the piece of metal’.

In 1994 he was invited by Mayor Jacques Chirac to present twelve sculptures from his Indeterminate Line series on the Champ de Mars, beneath the Eiffel Tower, Paris; which went on to tour to 35 cities across the rest of Europe, Asia, and the Americas. More recently, in 2011, Venet became the fourth contemporary artist to be offered a solo exhibition in the grounds of the Château de Versailles. He has been awarded France’s highest decoration, the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, Commandeur dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture and was the 2013 recipient of the International Julio González Sculpture Prize from Valencia’s IVAM and the Grand Prix des Arts de la Ville de Paris. In February 2016 the International Sculpture Center in New York presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his exemplary contributions to the field of sculpture.

 

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1941, Born in Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, FR
Lives and works in New York, US


AWARDS

2017
Mont Blanc award for French culture

2016   
Lifetime Achievement Award by The International Sculpture Center, US

2013  
Julio González International Prize from IVAM, ES

2006  
Robert Jacobsen prize for sculpture from the Würth Stiftung, FR

2005  
Order of Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, FR

1997 
Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, AT

1996 
Order of Commandeur dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture, FR

1989 
Grand Prix des Arts de la Ville de Paris by the Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, FR

1988
Design Award, US

1979 
Receives a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, UK


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
Three Indeterminate Lines, 2003, LongHouse Reserve, Long Island, US (Longterm loan)
Bernar Venet, Blain|Southern at Frieze Masters, London, UK
Bernar Venet, Blain|Southern at Frieze Sculpture Park, London, UK
Looking Forward : 1961-1984, Blain|Southern, London, UK
Bernar Venet at Cliveden, The National Trust’s Cliveden, Buckinghamshire, UK
Bernar Venet, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, US

2016 
Bernar Venet: Les origines 1961-1966, L'Espace de l'art concret, Mouans-Sartoux, FR
Bernar Venet, Custot Gallery Dubai, Dubai, UAE
RAW: portraits d’artistes, galerie rue Visconti, Paris, FR
Bernar Venet, Galería Cayón Blanca de Navarra 9 and Orfila, Madrid, ES
Bernar Venet: Angles, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

2015
Mathematica, Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin, DE
Il caos come principio sottovalutato dell'ordine (Chaos as an underestimated principle of order), Giorgio Persano, Turin, IT
Bernar Venet, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, Venice, IT
Bernar Venet: metametria, Vass Collection, Budapest, HU
Bernar Venet, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, LU

2014 
Homage to Kurt Gödel. A tribute to abstract thinking, Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, DE
Bernar Venet / Maquettes, Strandverket Art Museum, Marstrand, SW
Bernar Venet, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, KR
Bernar Venet, L'hypothèse de l'arc, von Bartha Garage, Basel, CH
Hypothèse du point, Espace Jacques Villeglé de Saint Gratien, Saint Gratien, FR

2013
Ace Gallery, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, US
Les origines, Musée Regards de Provence, Marseille, FR
Bernar Venet: Paintings. Homage to Al-Khawarizmi, Abbazia di San Gregorio, Venice, IT
84 Arcs / Disorder, jardins du Palais de Pharo, Marseille, FR
Bernar Venet, Sculptures in Auckland, NZ

2012 
Bernar Venet, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, US
FLAT (with Frank Stella), Riff Art Projects, Istanbul, TK
Bernar Venet, Art Plural Gallery, SG
Bernar Venet in Helsinki, FI
Bernar Venet, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, FI
Bernar Venet: Paintings: 1967 – 2010, de Sarthe Gallery, HK
Bernard Venet: Monumental Sculptures, de Sarthe Gallery and Le French May, HK
Gow Langsord Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Bernar Venet, Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, HU

2011 
Bernar Venet, Von Bartha Garage, Basel, CH
Bernar Venet, Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, FR
Bernar Venet, Bernar Venet in Frankfurt, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main, DE
Bernar Venet, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes, FR
Venet-Versailles, Château de Versailles, Château de Marly, FR
Bernar Venet, Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, DE
Bernar Venet, Seoul Museum of Art, KR

2010  
Le monde de Bernar Venet, Venet in Context, Musée les Abattoirs, Toulouse, FR
Bernar Venet in Salzburg, AT
Bernar Venet (curated by Barbara Rose), Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, ES
Bernar Venet in Hermann Park, Houston, Texas, US (organized by Robert McClain Gallery)

2009
Bernar Venet, Le Arsenale di Venezia, 53rd Venice Biennale, IT
Bernar Venet, Le Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, BE
Bernar Venet, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, DE

2008  
Bernar Venet, Galerie von Bartha, S-Chanf, CH
Bernar Venet in San Diego, California, US
Bernar Venet: Sotheby’s at Isleworth, Isleworth Country Club, Orlando, Florida, US

2007   
Bernar Venet, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, KR
Bernar Venet, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, SW
Bernar Venet in Metz, FR
Bernar Venet in Bordeaux, FR
Bernar Venet, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangmyeong-gil, KR

2006
Bernar Venet, Museum / Kunsthalle Würth, Künzelsau, DE
Sculptures in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri, US
Bernar Venet, Gary Langsford Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2005   
Bernar Venet, Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale, Vancouver, British Columbia, CA
Sculptures in the Loop, Chicago, Illinois, US
Bernar Venet, Musée de l'Arles et de la Provence antiques, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, FR

2004   
Bernar Venet, Musée Sainte-Croix, Poitiers, FR
Bernar Venet, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, US
Bernar Venet, Sculptures on Park Avenue, New York, US
Bernar Venet, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, US
Bernar Venet, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, FR

2003   
Bernar Venet aux Tuileries, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, FR
Bernar Venet, 1961-1963, Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, FR
Equation/Saturation, MAMAC / Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice, FR
Bernar Venet, Musée d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain (MAMAC), Nice, FR

2002   
Bernar Venet, Anthony Grant Inc., New York, US
Bernar Venet, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, US
Bernar Venet, Performance-Poésie (Poetry-Performance), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR
Bernar Venet, Galerie Academia, Salzburg, AT

2001   
Bernar Venet, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, FR

2000   
Bernar Venet, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, São Paulo, BR
Bernar Venet, Teatro Nacional de Brasília, BR
Bernar Venet, Centre d'Art Contemporain Georges Pompidou, Cajarc, FR
Bernar Venet, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, BR

1999   
Bernar Venet, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMCO), Geneva, CH
Improvisé - Inachevé - Non-Formulé (performance), Musée d’art moderne, Mücsarnok, Budapest, HU
Bernar Venet, Centro Cultural de Recoleta, Buenos Aires, AR

1998   
Bernar Venet, Galleria Karsten Greve, Milan, IT
Bernar Venet, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, IT
Bernar Venet, Musée d’Art Moderne de St. Étienne, FR

1997   
Bernar Venet, Musée du Québec, CA
Bernar Venet, Le Nouveau Musée / Institut de Villeurbanne, Lyon, FR
Bernar Venet, Musée de Grenoble, FR

1996   
Bernar Venet, Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, DE
Bernar Venet, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, FR

1995   
Bernar Venet, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris FIAC, FR
Bernar Venet, Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, CN
Bernar Venet, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Kowloon, HK

1994   
Bernar Venet, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, US
Bernar Venet, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, KR
Bernar Venet, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, KR
Bernar Venet, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Bogotá, CO

1993  
Bernar Venet, André Emmerich Gallery, New York, US
Bernar Venet, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, DE
Bernar Venet, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, FR

1992  
Bernar Venet, Person’s Weekend Museum, Tokyo, JP

1991   
Bernar Venet, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FR
Bernar Venet, Galeria Theo, Barcelona, ES
Bernar Venet, Fred Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, California, US

1990   
Bernar Venet, Galerie Daniel Templon, La ligne à vif (performance), Paris, FR

1889   
Bernar Venet, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FR
Bernar Venet, Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, DE

1988   
Graduation (contemporary ballet), Opéra de Paris, Salle Favart, Paris, FR

1987   
Bernar Venet, Castelli Uptown, New York, US
Bernar Venet, Quadrat Museum - Moderna Gallery, Bottrop, DE
Bernar Venet, Galerie Pierre Huber, Geneva, CH

1986   
Bernar Venet,  Castelli Uptown, New York, US

1985   
Bernar Venet, Musée Départemental des Vosges, Épinal, FR

1984   
Bernar Venet, Studio Marconi, Milan, IT
Bernar Venet, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FR
Bernar Venet, Musée d’Art Moderne, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, FR
Bernar Venet, Musée Sainte-Croix, Poitiers, FR

1982   
Bernar Venet, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FR

1979   
Bernar Venet, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FR

1977   
Bernar Venet, Sonja Hennie - Niels Onstad Foundation, Hovikodden, NO
Bernar Venet, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FR
Bernar Venet, Musée d’Art et d’industrie, Saint-Étienne, FR
Bernar Venet, Bruno Bischofberger Gallery, Zürich, CH

1976   
Bernar Venet, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California, US

1975   
Bernar Venet, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UK
Bernar Venet, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FR
Bernar Venet, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, BR
Bernar Venet, XIIIth Biennale, São Paulo, BR

1974   
Bernar Venet, Galerie Daniel Templon, Milan, IT
Bernar Venet, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FR

1972   
Bernar Venet, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FR
Bernar Venet, Bruno Bischofberger Gallery, Zürich, CH

1971   
Bernar Venet, New York Cultural Center (Retrospective), New York, US
Bernar Venet, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FR

1970   
Bernar Venet, Kunsthaus, Hamburg, DE
Bernar Venet, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, DE

1966   
Bernar Venet, Galerie Jacques Matarasso, Nice, FR

1964   
Bernar Venet, Galerie Ursula Girardon, Paris, FR

  

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Lettres ouvertes, de la calligraphie au street art, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris, FR

2016               
The World Meets Here, Custot Gallery Dubai, Dubai, AE
Quand la matière devient forme, Centre d’art contemporain intercommunal, Istres, FR 

2015   
Bernar Venet – Sculptures, PILANE HERITAGE MUSEUM, Klövedalk, SW
La Prom’ comme atelier, Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain de Nice (MAMAC), Nice, FR
More Konzeption Conception Now, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE

2014   
Love Story – Anne & Wolfgang Titze Collection, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, AT
Face à l'œuvre, Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, FR
Art by Telephone… Recalled, La Panacée, Montpellier, FR

2013               
Les formes de la pensée/peintre et philosophie, un récit, Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul, FR
Blickachsen 9, in collaboration with the Maeght Foundation, Bad Homburg Kurpark, DE
Temptation of the Diagram, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, US
Sculptures and Reliefs from the Collection Siegfried and Jutta Weishaupt, Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm, DE
Lines - A Brief History, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, FR

2012   
Off the Beaten Track, VON BARTHA GARAGE, Basel, CH
Lucy Lippard's “Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object”, Brooklyn Museum, New York, US
Musée de l'Annonciade, St. Tropez, FR
Manifesta 9: The Deep of the Modern, Genk, BE
Beaufort 04: 4th Triennal for Contemporary Art by the Sea, De Haan - Wenduine, BE
Collectionner aujourd’hui, Collection Philippe Piguet, Centre d’art contemporain de Saint-Restitut, Saint-Restitut, FR
À l’origine, Nice, Marlborough, MC

2011              
Tour de France / Florida: Contemporary Artists from France in Florida's Private Collections, The Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum, Miami, US
L’Art Contemporain et la Côte d’Azur, Un territoire pour l’expérimentation, 1951-2011: Musée Fernand Léger, Biot, FR; Venet Foundation, Le Muy, FR
La peinture autrement, Musée national Fernand Léger, Biot, FR
Arte in Movimento, Galerie Dorothea van der Koelen, Venice, IT
Escaut: rives, derives: festival de sculpture contemporaine, Valenciennes Biennale, FR
Blickachsen 8 Rhein Main, Frankfurt, DE

2010               
The Miami Sculpture Biennale, Florida, US
Drawing on Paper at the IVAM Collection, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), ES
1960-2010: Cinquante ans d’Ecole de Nice, Musée Rétif, Vence, FR
Manières noires, Musée des Beaux-Arts (BAM), Mons, BE
Encuentros de Pamplona 1972: Fin del fiesta del arte experimental, Sala de Armas de la Ciudadela de Pamplona, ES
Sculptors Celebrate the Legacy of Frederik and Lena Meijer, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

2009
L’arte è una parola, Galleria Il Ponte Firenze, Florence, IT
Encuentros de Pamplona 72. Fin de fiesta del arte experimental, Museuo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, ES
Von Arman bis Andy Warhol: Die Neuen Meisterwerke im Ludwig Museum, Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, DE
Confines / Valencia 09. Histories of the Frontier: Abstract Lines, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), ES
Blickachsen 7, Bad Homburg Kurpark and Castle Gardens, DE
Vivre l’Art: Collection Venet, Espace de l’art concret, Mouans-Sartoux, FR              
The Collectors Eye, Museum Würth, Künzelsau-Gaisbach, DE

2008               
Ruptures et Héritages, Les Années 70, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, BE
Diagonal, Galeria Cayon, Madrid, ES
Love at First Sight: New Acquistions from the Würth Collection, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, IS
Minimal and Conceptual Art in Europe: The Helga and Walther Lauffs Collection, Zwirner & Wirth, New York, US
Bloodline, The Evolution of Form, McClain Gallery, Houston, Texas, US
Borås Internationella Skulpturfestival, Borås, SW
The Secret Garden: An Exhibition of Sculpture at Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, IE
To Infinity and Beyond: Mathematics in Contemporary Art, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York, US           

2007   
Numerica, Palazzo della Papesse - Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, IT
Ligne B : Connexion aux Abattoirs, Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse, FR
Le jardin de la géométrie, L’Espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux, FR
Artist Records, John Armlede /Art Basel, Geneva, CH
Uecker, Chillida, Venet und andere, Fischerplatz Galerie, Ulm, DE

2006   
Peintures / Malerei Centre Pompidou, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, DE
Motion on Paper, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK
Art au quotidien: habiter l’art, Espace de l’Art Concret-Donation Albers-Honegger, Mouans-Sartoux, FR
Invitation to Modern Art, Museum of Art, Seoul National University, KR
Le noir est une couleur, Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul, FR
La Force de l’Art, Grand Palais, Paris, FR

2005   
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California, US
Minimalism and After IV, Sammlung Daimler Chrysler, Berlin, DE
D’une image qui ne serait pas du semblant. La Photographie écrite. 1960-2005, Passage de Retz,
Paris, FR

2004   
Sammlung Frieder Burda, Matje Cantz Verlag, Baden Baden, DE
Sculptures Américaines, Donjon de Vez, FR
Monochromos: de Malevich al presente, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, ES
Intra Muros, Musée d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Nice, FR

2002               
Water-Sand-Space: A cultural dialogue, The Sharjah Art Museum, AE
Heintz's Wonderland, Aspect de la sculpture contemporaine, LU
1968-1977 L'art en cause(s), CAPC, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, FR

2001   
Stöffel Collection, Stöffel Sculpture Park, Köln,DE
Konstruktiv-konkrete Kunst-Bilder und Skulpturen - gesammelt in 25 Jahren, Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop, DE
Collections d'Artistes, Yvon Lambert Foundation, Avignon, FR

2000               
Donald Judd & Bernar Venet - Mobilier/Furniture, Biennale Internationale de Design, Saint-Etienne, FR
Making Choices- Useless Science, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, US
Open Spaces, Vancouver International Sculpture Project, CA
Vivement 202! Troisième edition, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, CH
Biennal International de Arte de Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, AR
Nice, du nouveau Réalisme à supports/Surfaces Musées d’Art Moderne de Macao, CN
Le musée du XXe siècle de Michel Ragon, Hôtel du Département de la Vendée, La Roche-sur-Yon, FR
Time, Suspend Your Flight, Bergen Kunst Museum, Bergen, Norway; travels to Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, IS

1999               
Les Champs de la Sculpture 2000, Champs-Elysées, Paris, FR
A Broad View, Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, US
MAM- Hors les Murs, Museu de Art Moderno do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, BR; Museo Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Parque da Luz, São Paulo, BR
Heroines & Heroes II, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, New York, US
Geometry as Form - Structures of Modern Art from Albers to Paik, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, DE

1998   
Räume der Kunst, Kunsthaus Bregenz, AT
L’hypothèse du tableau volé, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, CH

1997   
Made in France 1947-1997, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR
The Magic of Numbers, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, DE

1996               
50 Ans d’Art Construit, Hôtel du Département, Strasbourg, FR

1995   
Passions Privées, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR

1993   
L’esprit Dada ou la fin de la Composition - homage à Marcel Cahn, Espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux, FR

1992               
Le cri et la raison, Espace de l’Art Concret Château de Mouans-Sartoux, FR
L’Art Renouvelle la Ville. Urbanisme et Art Contemporain, Musée National des Monuments Français, Paris, FR
“Manifeste” - 30 ans de création en perspective, 1960-1990, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR

1991               
L’Art Renouvelle la Ville - L’Art Contemporain et l’Urbanisme en France, Tai Pei Fine Arts Museum, TW
La Sculpture Contemporaire après 1970, Foundation Daniel Templon, Fréjus, FR
Open Mind: The LeWitt Collection, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, US
Collection Jacques Hachuel “Esculturas”, Fundación José Ortega y Gasset, Madrid, ES

1990               
Les Abstractions autour des années 1970-1980, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, FR
L’Ecole de Nice et ses Mouvements, Fine Arts Museum of Taipei, Formosa, JP
L’Art Conceptuel, une Perspective, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, CA
L’Art Français de 1945-1990, Fondation Daniel Templon, Fréjus, FR
L’Art renouvelle la ville: L’Art contemporain et l’urbanisme en France, Musée des Arts de Tsukuba, Ibaraki, JP; Musée National d’Art, Osaka, JP; Centre Culturel des Jeunes de Sendai, Sendai,JP; Musée des Art de Fukuoka, JP; Musée des Arts Contemporains de Sapporo, JP; Musée Départemental d’Art, Yamanashi, JP

1989               
L’Art Conceptuel, une Perspective, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR

1988               
Selection from the permanent collection, The MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Los Angeles, California, US
La couleur seule, l’expérience du monochrome, Musée Saint-Pierre - Art contemporain, Lyon, FR

1987   
Panorama du XXe Siècle, Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture de Grenoble, FR
Mathematik in der Kunst der letzen dreissig Jahre, Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, DE

1986               
Art of the 80’s, Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri, US

1985               
Twelve Artists in Space, O’Hara Museum Karachicki and Walter Hill Foundation, Seoul, KR

1984               
Artistic Collaboration in the Twentieth Century, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
The Cosmic Image in the Art of 20th Century, Tel Aviv Museum, IL

1983   
Cosmic Images in the Art of the 20th Century, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, DE
L’Art en France dans les années 60, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie, Saint-Étienne, FR
Constructivism in the Geometric Tradition, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, US

1982
Twelve Contemporary French Artists, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, US
Constructivism in the Geometric Tradition, Denver Art Museum, Denver; New Orleans Museum, Louisiana; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas, US

1981   
New York Art Today, N.-K. Stockholm and Kunst Museum Göteborg, SE
Baroque 81, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR
Constructivism in the Geometric Tradition, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; William Rockhill Nelson Gallery and Atkin Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; The Detroit Institute of Art, Michigan; Milwaukee Art Center, Wisconsin, US

1980               
Relief Formprobleme zwischen Malerei und Skulptur im 20.Jahrhundert, Westphalisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Muster, DE; Kunsthaus, Zürich, CH
Walls! , The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, US
Printed Art: A View of Two Decades, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, US

1979               
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition, McCrory Corporation Collection, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; McCrory Corporation Collection, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Texas; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, California; Seattle Art Museum, Washington, US
L’Art et l’Argent, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris, FR

1978   
Panorama da arte francesa 1960-1975, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbonne, PT
Della natura all’arte, dell’arte alla natura, Venice Biennale, IT
L’Art Moderne dans les Musées de Province, Grand Palais, Paris, FR

1977               
Biennale de Paris, une anthologie: 1958-1967, Salle de la Fondation Nationale des Arts Plastiques et Graphiques, Paris, FR; Seibu Museum, Tokyo, JP
Bookworks, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), New York, US     
Words, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch, New York, US
Documenta VI, Kassel, DE
Trois villes, trois collections d’Art Contemporain, Musée Cantini, Marseille, FR; Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble, FR; Musée d’Art et d’Industrie, Saint Étienne, FR; Musée d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR
A propos de Nice, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR
Private Images-Photographs by Painters, Los Angeles County Museum, US
Open to New Ideas, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GE

1976               
SoHo-Downtown-Manhattan, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, DE; Louisiana Museum, DK
Panorama de l’Art Français, Museum of Modern Art, Athens, Greece; Damascus, SY

1975   
Tendencies of Contemporary Art, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, DK
Third International Open Encounter on Video, C.A.Y.C., Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Ferrara, IT  Empirica, Commune di Rimini, Rimini, Italy; Museo d’Arte Moderna, Castelveccio, Verona, IT

1974   
Project 74, kunsthalle, Köln, DE; Museum Göttigen, DE

1973   
Art Conceptuel et Hyperréalisme, Collection Peter Ludwig, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR

1972   
Douze ans d’Art Contemporain, Grand Palais, Paris, FR

1971   
VIIth Paris Biennale, Parc Floral de Paris, FR
Art System, C.A.Y.C., Buenos Aires, AR

1970               
Recorded Activities, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Painting and Sculpture Today, Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Toledo, Ohio, US
Information, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), New York, US
Conceptual Art and Conceptual Aspects, New York Cultural Center, US

1969               
Language 3, Dwan Gallery, New York, US
Art Selon Plan, Kunsthalle, Berne, CH
Art by Telephone, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, US
Conception-Konzeption, Stadiches, Museum Schloss Morsbrolch, Leverkusen, DE

1968               
E.A.T., Brooklyn Museum, New York, US
Prospect 1968, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, West DE
Language (Two), Dwan Gallery, New York, US
GAM, Rome, IT
Wide White Space Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

1967               
Salon Comparaisons, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR

1966               
Impact, Musée, Céret, FR
Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR

1965   
Vème Biennale de Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR
Salon Comparaisons, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR

1964   
Salon Comparaisons, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2017
Harry Blain, Laetitia Catoir, Tom Morton and Grace Davies, Bernar Venet at Cliveden, Blain|Southern, London, UK
Davila, Thierry and Erik Verhagen, Venet - Sculpture, Editions du Regard, Paris, FR
Bernar Venet, Poetic? Poétique?, Jean Boîte Éditions, Paris, FR

2016               
L'origine 1961-1966, L’Espace de l'Art Concret, Bernard Chauveau Éditeur, Paris, FR
Portraits of Artists, Marval Rue Visconti, Paris, FR

2014   
Bernard Chauveau, ed.,Bernar Venet – L'hypothèse du point, Éditeur, Paris, FR
Bernard Chauveau, ed.,Venet Foundation, Couleurs Contemporaines, Paris, FR

2013   
Exhibition Catalogue, Marseille, Fondation Regards de Provence, Bernar Venet – Peintures
Exhibition Catalogue, Marseille, Fondation Regards de Provence, Bernar Venet – Maquettes
Exhibition Catalogue, Marseille, Fondation Regards de Provence, Bernar Venet – Carpiagne : L’origine / 1961-1966,
Bernar Venet – Sculpture, Editions du Regard, Paris, FR

2012   
Bernar Venet. Paintings, Edizioni Charta, Milan, IT

2011               
Exhibition Catalogue, Paris, Editions du Regard, Versailles,
Venet – Versailles, Editions du Regard, Paris, FR
Exhibition Catalogue, Toulon, Hôtel des Arts, Bernar Venet, Peintures 2001-2011
Bernar Venet, Flammarion, Paris, FR

2010   
Exhibition Catalogue, Toulouse, les Abattoirs, Le monde de Bernar Venet: Venet in context
Exhibition Catalogue, Valencia, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), Bernar Venet, La paradoja de la coherencia / The paradox of coherence

2009   
Exhibition Catalogue, Somogy, Paris / Espace de l'art concret, Mouans-Sartoux, Vivre l'Art: La Collection Venet

2008   
Exhibition Catalogue, New York, Sotheby’s, Bernar Venet. Sotheby’s at Isleworth

2007   
Exhibition Catalogue, Gyeonggi-do, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bernar Venet, Line, Trace, Concept
Exhibition Catalogue, Wienand Verlag & Medien GmbH, Cologne, with Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur e.V. Bonn, Bernar Venet: System und Zufall / Order and Chance
Exhibition Catalogue, Gyeonggi-do, National Museum of Contemporary Art, KR Bernar Venet: Line, Trace, Concept
Bernar Venet, Hommage à l’acier, Assouline, Paris, FR

2006   
Bernar Venet: Performances, etc. 1961-2006, Charta, Milan, IT

2005   
L’Hypothèse de l’Arc, Éditions Un, Deux, Quatre & Centre d’Art contemporain intercommunal d’Istres, Istres, FR

2004   
Art: A Matter of Context. Bernar Venet: Writings 1975-2003, monograph, Hard Press Editions, Lenox, MA, US
Exhibition Catalogue, Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Monocromos: de Malevich al presente

2003   
Bernar Venet, 1961-1963: l’immanence mise en chantier, Hôtel des Arts, Toulon & Les Presses du Réel, Paris, FR
Exhibition Catalogue, Nice, Musée d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Bernar Venet

2002   
Displacing the Gravity of the Self, Benteli Verlag, Switzerland, & ARTHA, Paris, FR

2001   
Furniture, Assouline, Paris, FR

2000   
Global Diagonals, E-speed, New York, US
SURSATURATION, Maison des Arts Georges-Pompidou, Carjarc, FR
La Conversion du regard, Textes et entretiens, 1975-2000, musée d'Art moderne et contemporain, Genève, CH
Exhibition Catalogue, Saõ Paulo, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro & Museu Brasileiro da Escultura-MuBE, Bernar Venet,
Bernar Venet: Le discours et la méthode, Prearo Editore, Milan, IT

1999   
Apoétiques 1967-1998, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, CH
Bernar Venet 1961-1970, Éditions des Cahiers Intempestifs, Saint-Étienne, FR
Bernar Venet, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, BR

1997   
Exhibition Catalogue, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Bernar Venet
Exhibition Catalogue, Quebec, musée du Québec, Bernar Venet–Lignes,
Exhibition Catalogue, Lyon, Nouveau Musée /Institut de Villeurbanne, Bernar Venet 1961-1979,
Exhibition Catalogue, Musée de Grenoble, Nouveau Musée/Institut de Villeurbanne, Lyon, Musée d’art moderne de Saint-Étienne, Flammarion, Paris, L’Équation Majeure

1996   
Exhibition Catalogue, Sète, Espace Fortant de France, Bernar Venet, Droites et Accidents

1994   
Exhibition Catalogue, Seoul, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Bernar Venet
Exhibition Catalogue, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Venet
Exhibition Catalogue, Paris, Champ de Mars, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Bernar Venet, Lignes Indéterminées

1993   
Bernar VENET, Cercle d’Art, Paris & Abbeville Press, New York, US
Exhibition Catalogue, New York, André Emmerich Gallery, Conversation with Bernar Venet
Exhibition Catalogue, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice & Wilhelm Hack
Museum, Ludwigshafen, Bernar Venet

1992   
Exhibition Catalogue, Paris, Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris, Graduation, Carte Blanche à Bernar Venet

1991   
Noir, noir et noir, photographies 1963-1990, Éditions Marval, Paris, FR
Exhibition Catalogue, Caracas, Galerie Oscar Ascanio, Bernar Venet

1990   
Exhibition Catalogue, Madrid, Galeria Theospacio, Bernar Venet
Exhibition Catalogue, Tokyo, Person’s Weekend Museum, Venet’s Indeterminacy
Exhibition Catalogue, Kyoto, Kyoto Shoin International Company, Ltd., Bernar Venet, Art Random

1989   
Exhibition Catalogue, Paris, Galerie Daniel Templon, Bernar Venet – Ligne à Vif
Exhibition Catalogue, Galerie Elisabeth Franck, Knokke-le-Zoute, Bernar Venet: The Question of Purpose – La Question de la Finalité
Exhibition Catalogue, Belley, Bernar Venet: Deux Arcs de 201.5°
Exhibition Catalogue, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris & Éditions Galerie Enric Navarra, Paris, Bernar Venet: Dessins-Drawing

1988   
VENET, Éditions de la Différence, Paris, FR

1987   
Exhibition Catalogue, Berlin, Ministère des Affaires Étrangères, Lignes sans Concession: Bernar Venet Sculptures
Exhibition Catalogue, Bottrop, Quadrat-Josef, Albers Museum, Bernar Venet unregal mässige Spiralen

1986   
Exhibition Catalogue, Knokke-le-Zoute, Galerie Elisabeth Franck, Bernar Venet

1985   
Exhibition Catalogue, Paris, Galerie Daniel Templon, Pragmatique des Turbulences: Les Nouvelles Lignes de Bernar Venet

1984   
Exhibition Catalogue, Poitiers, Musée Sainte-Croix, Bernar Venet, Dessins 1963-1983,

1977   
Exhibition Catalogue, Saint-Étienne, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie, Bernar Venet

1976   
Exhibition Catalogue, La Jolla, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, Bernar Venet

1975   
Logique du neutre, Arthur Hubschmid, Paris, FR
Textes Théoriques sur Bernar Venet, Edizioni Nuovi Strumenti, Brescia, IT

1974   
Bernar Venet, Éditions du Chêne, Paris, FR
Exhibition Catalogue, Rome, Galerie Seconda Scala, Venet o del Significato (dell’arte)

1971   
The Five Years of Bernar Venet, catalogue raisonné, New York Cultural Center, New York, US

  

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Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio, US
Atlantic Richfield Corporation, Los Angeles, California, US
Bank Audi, Beirut, LB
Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, DE
Busan Museum of Art, Busan, KR
Citibank Corporation, New York, New York, US
City of Metz, FR
City of Vancouver, British Columbia, CA
Colonnade III Plaza, MEPC & Equity Properties, Dallas, Texas, US
Contemporary Art Center, San Diego, California, US
DaimlerChrysler Collection, Stuttgart, DE
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, US
Espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux, FR
Esplanade de Uni Mail, Geneva, CH
Esquire Company, Seoul, KR
First National Bank, Seattle, Washington, US
Fonds d’Art Contemporain des Musées de Nice, Nice, FR
Fondation Clément, Le François, Martinique, FR
Fondation Looser, Zürich, CH
Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, CH
Foundation Domnick, Nürtingen, DE
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, US
Gateway Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri, US
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia, US
Gibbs Farm, NZ
He Xiangning Art Gallery, Shenzhen, CN
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., US
Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, KR
Hood Museum of Art Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, US
Ilshin Spinning Company, Seoul,KR
Ilwoo Foundation, Jeju Island, KR
Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, ES
Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia, Bamberg, DE
Jumex Foundation, Mexico City, MX
Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, DE
La Défense, Paris, FR
Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, FR
Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, DE
Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris, FR
McCrory Corporation Collection, New York, New York, US
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
MIT Permanent Collection, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Musée d’Art contemporain de Dunkerque, Dunkirk, FR
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva, CH
Musée d'Art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, CH
Musée d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Nice, FR
Musée d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Saint-Étienne, FR
Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble, FR
Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, FR
Musée du Québec, Québec, CA
Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR
Musée national d’art moderne de Liège, Liège, BE
Musée Sainte-Croix, Poitiers, FR
Musées Royaux de Belgique, Brussels, BE
Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg, DE
Museum of Art, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, US
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, US
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, US
Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum), Budapest, HU
Museum Sztuky W. Lodzi, Lodz, PL
Museum / Kunsthalle Würth, Künzelsau, DE
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (Gwangmyeong-gil), KR
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, KR
National Museum of Jakarta, Jakarta, ID
Neue Galerie im Alten Kurhaus, Aachen, DE
New York Public Library, New York, New York, US
North Fork Bank Collection, Melville, New York, US
Parc de la Boverie, Liège, BE
Person’s Weekend Museum, Tokyo, JP
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida, US
Quadrat Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop, DE
Sakip Sabanci Müzesi, Istanbul, TR
Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, KR
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, US
Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, FI
Seoul Museum of Art (SOMA), Seoul, KR
Seoul Olympic Museum, Seoul, KR
Shanghai Sculpture Park, Shanghai, CN
Smalley Sculpture Garden, University of Judaism, Los Angeles, California, US
Sonja Henie - Niels Onstad Foundations, Hovikodden, NO
Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyongbuk, KR
The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, US
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, US
The Fields Sculpture Park, Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, New York, US
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, US
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., US
The New York University Art Collection, New York, New York, US
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York, US
Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, KR
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, US
Von der Heydt Museum, Wüppertal, DE
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut, US
Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, DE
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, US
Yuanta Financial Holdings, Taipei, TW

 

 

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