In this extensive retrospective, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France (MAC Lyon) looks back at 60 years of Bernar Venet's artistic practice, presenting previously unseen artworks, including Venet’s early performances, drawings, diagrams, and paintings, as well as photographs, sound works, films and sculptures.
The exhibition explores the different stages that led the young artist, 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 went on to appropriate the language of physics, and mathematics before, unexpectedly, returning to painting. 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 sculptures in Corten steel.
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