Bernar Venet

1941 · France

Artist biography

Bernar Venet is an established artist, who originates from France, like other prominent artists such as Clément Davout, Bertrand Dezoteux, Pat H Mart, Cuzin, Christophe, and Bertrand Lavier. Bernar Venet was born in 1941.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Multiple galleries around the world represent and exhibit Bernar Venet's work, including galleries in countries like Finland, France, and Poland. Galleries exhibiting Bernar Venet's work include Galerie Forsblom in Finland, as well as Ceysson & Bénétière | Paris and Galerie Piece Unique in France. Bernar Venet is at the moment exhibiting at LX Arts in New York with the exhibition LX by Archeus / Post-Modern (10 March 2020 - 01 May 2020). Bernar Venet's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; CAB in Brussels (11 February 2020 - 13 March 2020) with the name l'hypothèse de la ligne droite and de Sarthe Galler in Hong Kong (26 March 2019 - 17 May 2019) with the name In relation: Performance | Sculpture | Painting. Bernar Venet's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Looking Forward: 1961-1984 and took place at Blain|Southern in London, the United Kingdom from the 09 June 2017 to 22 July 2017.

Historical Context of France

France has been a significant nation in the unfolding of modernism. During the 19th century, France fostered the foundations of what is currently known as the avant-garde, including movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by world renowned artists. In the first half of the twentieth century, Paris was an essential intellectual and cultural centre, originating vital movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements blossomed at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Dominant French artistic figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amidst many of others.

Further Biographical Context for Bernar Venet

Born in 1941, Bernar Venet was primarily influenced by the 1960s. Art turned into a vehicle for ideologies and other agendas, with Pop and Minimalism appearing concurrently as the most significant art movements of the decade. Pop Art in New York city embraced the culture of mass media and mass consumerism, with Artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann getting inspired by television, comic strips, billboards and other products of the rise of Capitalism for their artworks. On the other side of the country, the West Coast in California, the first features of what would be known as Conceptual art were developing. Minimalism developed the crucial idea that art should exist in its own reality, and not try to represent the real world. Born of a desire to erase all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Minimalism became significant through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was an essential by-product of the latter, simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, particular to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism strongly influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who sought to portray the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the haunting anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Bernar Venet

At the turn of the 50s
Group Exhibition
Ma Galerie · Paris, France
May 31 – Oct 30, 2018
Group Exhibition
Gallery Boisserée · Cologne, Germany
Jun 26 – Aug 21, 2020
Group Exhibition
Wetterling Gallery · Stockholm, Sweden
Jun 1 – Aug 29, 2020