For the first time, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) explores the conceptual years of Bernar Venet between 1966 and 1976, a pivotal but lesser-known period in his career, which took shape in Nice and unfolded in the United States.
In the 1960s, Bernar Venet embarked on a radicalisation of the artistic experience and aesthetic production. Deterred by the conventions of French art and fascinated by American formalism and, Marcel Duchamp, he emerged in 1970 as one of the leading figures of conceptual art. At this point Venet’s work was moving towards a reflection on the identity of art and the relationship between artistic expression and scientific knowledge. This productive period marked the start of his multidisciplinary approach.
The presentation includes around 100 works, which appear alongside numerous archives from the Venet Foundation to shed light on the artist’s creative process.
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