Daniel Buren, one of the leading exponents of Conceptual Art, has a career spanning more than 50 years. Since the mid-1960s, he has been experimenting with the ‘degree zero’ of painting, starting to use an industrial fabric in his artistic practice with alternating white and coloured vertical stripes 8.7 cm wide, which leads the observer to shift his attention from the work to the entire physical and social environment in which the artist intervenes. Indeed, since 1967, Buren has abandoned studio work in favour of interventions in situ, such as streets, galleries, museums, the outdoors and buildings, creating works that are at once painting, sculpture and architecture. Playing with colours, light, different points of view and underscoring the union between art and life, the artist transforms the surrounding space and also stimulates the direct involvement of the public.
Daniel Buren (Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 1938) lives and works in his native city, where he trained at the École des Métiers d’Art. The many locations of his interventions include major Parisian institutions such as: Fondation Vuitton, Palais de Tokyo, Centre George Pompidou and Palais-Royal. International venues include: MoMa PS1 and Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Triennale di Milano. In 1986 he participated in the 42nd Venice Biennale, where the French Pavilion won the prestigious Golden Lion. He received the Praemium Imperiale for Painting from the Japan Art Association in 2007.
Tucci Russo and Daniel Buren, Turin, 1975