Lisson Gallery

Daniel Buren

Daniel Buren has punctuated the past 50 years of art with unforgettable interventions, controversial critical texts, thought-provoking public art projects and engaging collaborations with artists from different generations. Throughout his career Buren has created artworks that complicate the relationship between art and the structures that frame it. In the early 1960s, he developed a radical form of Conceptual Art, a “degree zero of painting” as he called it, which played simultaneously on an economy of means and the relationship between the support and the medium. In 1965 he began using his 8.7cm-wide vertical stripes as the starting point for research into what painting is, how it is presented, and more broadly, the physical and social environment in which an artist works. All of Buren’s interventions are created in situ, borrowing and colouring the spaces in which they are presented. They are critical tools addressing questions of how we look and perceive, and the way space can be used, appropriated, and revealed in its social and physical nature. In his work life finds its way into art, while autonomous art is able to reconnect with life.


Daniel Buren was born in Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris), France in 1938. He lives and works in situ. His work has been the subject of major exhibitions at Museo de Arte Italiano, Lima, Peru (2019); Carriageworks, Redfern, Australia (2018); Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, OH, USA (2018); Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany (2018); Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany (2017); Centre Pompidou Málaga, Málaga, Spain (2017); BOZAR Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (2016); Museo - Espacio, Aguascalientes, Mexico (2016); Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2014); Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France (2014); Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2013); the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA (2005) and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2002). Buren has exhibited in the Venice Biennale, Italy more than ten times and was awarded the Golden Lion for his French Pavilion in 1986. That same year, he produced his first and most controversial public commission, The Two Plateaux, for the main courtyard of the Palais-Royal in Paris, France. In 2007, he received the Praemium Imperiale for Painting from Japan. Most recently, he was selected for the site specific Monumenta 2012 commission at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. Buren’s 1994 installation The Arches, permanent work in situ, is on view at the Southampton City Art Gallery, and in May 2017, he launched another permanent installation in the UK – Diamonds and Circles, works in situ – at Tottenham Court Road station in London, commissioned by Art on the Underground.


Current and recent projects:

'En Plein Air', High Line, New York, USA, April 2019 - March 2020

Pile Up: High relief n°B12

Daniel Buren
Pile Up: High relief n°B12, 2018
Powder coated aluminium Overall dimensions: 304.5 x 130.5 x 30.5 cm / Overall dimensions: 119 7/8 x 51 3/8 x 12 in

Pile Up: High relief n°B12

Daniel Buren
Pile Up: High relief n°B12, 2018
Powder coated aluminium Overall dimensions: 304.5 x 130.5 x 30.5 cm / Overall dimensions: 119 7/8 x 51 3/8 x 12 in

Pile Up: High relief n° B5

Daniel Buren
Pile Up: High relief n° B5, 2017
Powder coated aluminium Overall dimensions: 304.5 x 130.5 x 30.5 cm / 119 7/8 x 51 3/8 x 12 in

Daniel Buren Pile Up: High relief n° B1

Daniel Buren
Daniel Buren Pile Up: High relief n° B1, 2017
Powder coated aluminium Overall dimensions: 304.5 x 130.5 x 30.5 cm / 119 7/8 x 51 3/8 x 12 in

Tondo n° 17

Daniel Buren
Tondo n° 17, 2015
Coloured plexiglass, coloured altuglas in orange (15000), smoked yellow (16049), clear green (14004), clear blue (13010), red (12000) and green (14000), self-adhesive strips, steel 215 cm (diameter) / 84 5/8 in (diameter)

14 Rising Cubes bas-relief (yellow): situated work

Daniel Buren
14 Rising Cubes bas-relief (yellow): situated work, 2014
Paint, plywood and black tape 400 x 700 cm Each element: 100 x 100 x 17.4 cm / 157.5 x 275.6 in Each element 39.4 © DB-ADAGP. Photography John McKenzie.

2 Rising Cubes bas-relief (blue): situated work

Daniel Buren
2 Rising Cubes bas-relief (blue): situated work, 2014
Paint, plywood and black tape 200 x 200 cm Each element: 100 x 100 x 17.4 cm / 78.7 x 78.7 in Each element 39.4

2 Rising Cubes bas-relief (blue): situated work

Daniel Buren
2 Rising Cubes bas-relief (blue): situated work, 2014
Paint, plywood and black tape 200 x 200 cm Each element: 100 x 100 x 17.4 cm / 78.7 x 78.7 in Each element 39.4

Colours for a Pergola: situated work

Daniel Buren
Colours for a Pergola: situated work, 2014
Clear acrylic sheets, coloured self-adhesive filters, wood, screws, white paint, self-adhesive black vinyl 3 x 9 x 3 m / 7.6 x 22.9 x 7.6 cm m

Colours for a Pergola: situated work

Daniel Buren
Colours for a Pergola: situated work, 2014
Clear acrylic sheets, coloured self-adhesive filters, wood, screws, white paint, self-adhesive black vinyl 3 x 9 x 3 m / 7.6 x 22.9 x 7.6 cm m

Photo-souvenir 'Excentrique(s)', work in situ in 'Monumenta 2012', Grand Palais, Paris, France

Daniel Buren
Photo-souvenir 'Excentrique(s)', work in situ in 'Monumenta 2012', Grand Palais, Paris, France,
Detail. © DB - ADAGP

Photo-souvenir 'Excentrique(s)', work in situ in 'Monumenta 2012', Grand Palais, Paris, France

Daniel Buren
Photo-souvenir 'Excentrique(s)', work in situ in 'Monumenta 2012', Grand Palais, Paris, France,
Detail. © DB - ADAGP

Catch as catch can: work in situ

Daniel Buren
Catch as catch can: work in situ, 2014
10 standing mirrors framed with white vinyl stripes, transparent vinyl (7 colours) Mirrors: 200.1 x 200.1 cm / Mirrors 78.8 x 78.8 in

Catch as catch can: work in situ

Daniel Buren
Catch as catch can: work in situ, 2014
10 standing mirrors framed with white vinyl stripes, transparent vinyl (7 colours) Mirrors: 200.1 x 200.1 cm / Mirrors 78.8 x 78.8 in

Peinture sur/sous plexiglas sur tissu Superposition: painting covering cloth

Daniel Buren
Peinture sur/sous plexiglas sur tissu Superposition: painting covering cloth, 2011
Striped cloth and plexiglass Height 250 cm, width 200 cm / height 98.4 in width 78.7 in

5 Colours of Electric Light: situated work

Daniel Buren
5 Colours of Electric Light: situated work, 2011
Woven fibre optic, LED (blue, green, orange, red, yellow and white), metal boxes 43.5 x 43.5 cm each / 17.1 x 17.1 in each

A Square of Electric Light # 4: situated work

Daniel Buren
A Square of Electric Light # 4: situated work, 2011
Woven fibre optic, LED (white, red), metal box 147.9 x 147.9 cm / 58 1/4 x 58 1/4 in

Zigzag for 2 Colours haut-relief (blue and green): situated work

Daniel Buren
Zigzag for 2 Colours haut-relief (blue and green): situated work, 2007
Paint, fibreboard and black tape 350 x 100 cm / 137 3/4 x 39 3/8 in

A Perimeter for a Room work in situ

Daniel Buren
A Perimeter for a Room work in situ, 2011
Clear acrylic sheets, coloured self-adhesive filters, wood, screws, steel cables, white paint, self-adhesive black vinyl Perimeter 4800 cm, depth 150 cm / Perimeter 1889.8 in depth 59.1 in

A Perimeter for a Room work in situ

Daniel Buren
A Perimeter for a Room work in situ, 2011
Clear acrylic sheets, coloured self-adhesive filters, wood, screws, steel cables, white paint, self-adhesive black vinyl Perimeter 4800 cm, depth 150 cm / Perimeter 1889.8 in depth 59.1 in

A Perimeter for a Room work in situ

Daniel Buren
A Perimeter for a Room work in situ, 2011
Clear acrylic sheets, coloured self-adhesive filters, wood, screws, steel cables, white paint, self-adhesive black vinyl Perimeter 4800 cm, depth 150 cm / Perimeter 1889.8 in depth 59.1 in

2 Emerging Cubes haut-relief (green & white): situated work

Daniel Buren
2 Emerging Cubes haut-relief (green & white): situated work, 2007
Paint, fibreboard, black tape 300 x 500 cm / 118 1/8 x 196 7/8 in

Photo-souvenir: La coupure, Primo Entrée en matière, work in situ

Daniel Buren
Photo-souvenir: La coupure, Primo Entrée en matière, work in situ, 2008
Musée National Picasso, Paris

Photo-souvenir: La coupure, Primo Entrée en matière, work in situ

Daniel Buren
Photo-souvenir: La coupure, Primo Entrée en matière, work in situ, 2008
Musée National Picasso, Paris

From three windows, 5 colours for 252 places, work in situ

Daniel Buren
From three windows, 5 colours for 252 places, work in situ, 2006
18 aluminium frames and transparent vinyl (blue, yellow of now, orange, pink, red, green) on Plexiglas panels; hanging system Dimensions variable

Photo-souvenir de l'Azur au Temple du Ciel, travail in situ, Temple du Ciel, Pékin

Daniel Buren
Photo-souvenir de l'Azur au Temple du Ciel, travail in situ, Temple du Ciel, Pékin, October 2004
Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China Detail © D.B. - ADAGP Paris

Coloured Shadows - Projection II

Daniel Buren
Coloured Shadows - Projection II, 2006
Aluminium and perspex 146 x 105 cm / 57 1/2 x 41 3/8 in

Peinture acrylique sur tissu rayé blanc et jaune d'or

Daniel Buren
Peinture acrylique sur tissu rayé blanc et jaune d'or, 1989
Acrylic paint on yellow and white striped cotton canvas 170.2 x 131.4 x 2 cm / 67 x 51 3/4 x 3/4 in

Points de vue ou le Corridorscope, Extrait n _ 2

Daniel Buren
Points de vue ou le Corridorscope, Extrait n _ 2, May 1983 - April 2003
Acrylic paint on striped fabric 240 x 140 cm / 94 1/2 x 55 1/8 in

Photo-souvenir: Le Vent souffle où il veut, work in situ, Beaufort 03, De Haan, Belgium

Daniel Buren
Photo-souvenir: Le Vent souffle où il veut, work in situ, Beaufort 03, De Haan, Belgium, March 2009
Detail © DB - ADAGP

Photo-souvenir: On the waterfront: 16.150 flames, work in situ

Daniel Buren
Photo-souvenir: On the waterfront: 16.150 flames, work in situ, 2005
International Triennial of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan

Exhibitions

  1. Daniel Buren: PILE UP: High Reliefs. Situated Works

    Daniel Buren: PILE UP: High Reliefs. Situa...

    22 September – 11 November 2017

  2. Daniel Buren: One thing to another, Situated Works

    Daniel Buren: One thing to another, Situat...

    23 November 2011 – 14 February 2012

  3. Daniel Buren: New Situated Works

    Daniel Buren: New Situated Works

    18 May – 23 June 2007

  4. Daniel Buren: Depending on the Situation

    Daniel Buren: Depending on the Situation

    17 January – 15 February 1986

  5. Daniel Buren: Included Excluded

    Daniel Buren: Included Excluded

    7 March – 3 April 1980

  6. Daniel Buren

    Daniel Buren

    2 March – 3 April 1976

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