Bernar Venet  (French, 1941) 

Bernar Venet (French, b. April 20, 1941) is a notable Conceptual artist who was born in Chateau-Arnoux, France. As a young boy, he was often sick with asthma, leaving him unable to be a normal child. With the help of a local artist, Venet began to explore art. By the age of 10, Venet was drawing and painting a great deal. From 1955 to 1958, he studied at Ecole Libre and Groupe Scolaire Paul Lapie; he then studied art in Nice, France, at La Villa Thiole. In 1959, Venet began working as a stage designer at Opera de Nice. At this time, Venet was painting highly stylized paintings. He joined the French Army in 1961, when he also began a style of tar art that he called his "fetichist works." He returned to Nice, France, in 1963 to open a studio to continue his tar art. Around this time, he also started to photograph coal and gravel piles, and sculpted his first sculpture, Coal Paile.

In 1966, Venet made his first trip to New York City, where he was influenced by the Minimalist artwork he viewed in galleries. After returning to Nice, he began to work on mono-semiotic works and diagrams. He created Graduation, a ballet performed on a vertical surface. He later decided to move to New York City permanently. After working on Conceptual and Minimalist pieces, in 1971, Venet decided to cease his artistic work. During his break from art, Venet traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. In 1974, he taught art and art theory in Sorbonne, France. At this time, he often lectured throughout Europe. He returned to New York City in 1976, and began his first piece of the series titled Angles and Arcs.

Through the late 1970s and early 1980s, Venet exhibited works such as Documenta VI and From Nature to Art. He also began sculpting at Atelier Marioni in France in 1984. As his sculpting continued, Venet was asked to help bring his ballet Graduation into production at the Paris Opera in 1988. At this time, he took an interest in music as well. Throughout the 1990s, Venet composed various musical compositions, including Resonance and Sound. In 2000, Venet exhibited his Major Equations series at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He continues to produce works in all media, including painting, music, and sculptures, that are exhibited across the world.

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Bernar Venet, Random Combination of Indeterminate Lines


Bernar Venet
Random Combination of Indeterminate Lines

Auction: Apr 29, 2014
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Bernar Venet, Effondrement: Arcs


Bernar Venet
Effondrement: Arcs

William Shearburn Gallery
Bernar Venet, Effondrement: Arcs


Bernar Venet
Effondrement: Arcs

William Shearburn Gallery
Bernar Venet, Effondrement: Arcs


Bernar Venet
Effondrement: Arcs

William Shearburn Gallery
Bernar Venet, Effondrement: Arcs


Bernar Venet
Effondrement: Arcs

William Shearburn Gallery
Bernar Venet, Arcs in Disorder: 83.5° Arc x 14


Bernar Venet
Arcs in Disorder: 83.5° Arc x 14

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Bernar Venet, Saturation with Three Red Arrows


Bernar Venet
Saturation with Three Red Arrows

Lipworth Fine Art
Bernar Venet, Two arcs of 243.5º


Bernar Venet
Two arcs of 243.5º

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Bernar Venet, 216.5 Arc x 14


Bernar Venet
216.5 Arc x 14

William Shearburn Gallery
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Bernar Venet, Indeterminate Line I (set of 11)


Bernar Venet
Indeterminate Line I (set of 11), 2005
color silkscreen


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Bernar Venet, Undetermined lines


Bernar Venet
Undetermined lines, 1991
oil stick, gouache, charcoal and pencil on paper


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Bernar Venet, Lignes indeterminées (set of 2)


Bernar Venet
Lignes indeterminées (set of 2)
etchings and aquatints


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1941   Born: in Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, France
1955 - 1958   Studied at the Ecole Libre and Groupe Scolaire Paul Lapie, Saint-Aubon, France
1958 - 1959   Studied art at La Villa Thiole, Nice, France
1959 - 1961   Worked as stage-director, Opera de Nice, France
1961 - 1962   Military Service, French Army, Algeria
1966   Moved to New York, NY
1988   Design Award for Sculpture, Norfolk, VA
1990   Grand Prix des Arts de La Ville de Paris, France
1991   Creates several musical compositions including Random Sound and Resonance, a made in collaboration with the army at the 4th RIMA, Fréjus, France
1996   Master in Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
1997   Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg, Austria
2005   Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, France
2013   Bernar Venet at Meijer Gardens - Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI
2013   Premio Internacional Julio González. Bernar Venet - IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia
2012   Bernar Venet: Maquettes, Grafik, Unikate - 5 Jahre Galerie im Venet-Haus in Neu-Ulm 2007 – 2012 - Fischerplatz Galerie, Ulm
2012   Bernar Venet - 5 Jahre Galerie im Venet-Haus in Neu-Ulm - Galerie im Venet-Haus Neu-Ulm, Neu-Ul
2012   Bernar Venet - Art Plural Gallery Pte Ltd, Singapore
2012   Bernar Venet Paintings:1967-2010 - de Sarthe Gallery, Paradise Valley, AZ
2011   Bernar Venet at the Palace Gardens, Versailles, France
2011   Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (solo)
2011   Bernar Venet - von Bartha Collection, Basel
2011   Bernar Venet Sculpture Garden at Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land, TX - McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
2010   Hermann Park, Houston, Texas, in collaboration with Robert McClain Gallery (solo)
2010   Galerie Pièce Unique, Paris, France (solo)
2010   IVAM, Valencia, Spain, curated by Barbara Rose (solo)
2010   Bernar Venet: Homage to Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
2010   Le monde de Bernar Venet, Venet in context, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France (solo)
2010   Form in Transition: Sculptors Making Prints and Drawings, Saint Louis Museum of Art (SLAM), St. Louis, Missouri
2010   Sculptors Celebrate the Legacy of Frederik and Lena Meijer, Frederik Meijer Gardens
2009   L'arte è una parola, Galleria Il Ponte Firenze, Florence, Italy
2009   Vivre l'art: Collection Venet, Espace de l'art concret, Mouans-Sartoux, France
2009   Blickachsen 7, Bad Homburg Kurpark and Castle Gardens, Germany
2009   Von Arman bis Andy Warhol: Die Neuen Meisterwerke im Ludwig Museum, Ludwig
2009   Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, Germany
2009   TILT, Musée de l'hospice Saint-Roch, Issoudun, France
2009   Encuentros de Pamplona 72: Fin de fiesta del arte experimental, Museuo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
2009   Im kleinen Format, Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany
2009   Schinkel Pavillon, in collaboration with Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009   Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2009   Arsenale Novissimo, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (solo)
2009   Galerie Guy Pieters, Knokke-Heist, Belgium (solo)
2008   Bernar Venet: Sotheby's at Isleworth, Isleworth Country Club, Orlando, FL (solo)
Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL (solo)
Galerie von Bartha, S-Chanf, Switzerland (solo)
Forsblom Galerie, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
Bernar Venet in San Diego, California (solo)
Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (solo)
2007   National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
Artcurial, Paris, France (solo)
Benar Venet: Sculptures in Bordeaux, France (solo)
Bernar Venet: Sculptures in Metz, France (solo)
L'Arsenal, Metz, France (solo)
Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Museum Kuppersmuhle fur Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany (solo)
Fischerplatz Galerie, Ulm, Germany (solo)
2006   Gary Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (solo)
Museum/Kunsthalle Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany (solo)
Robischon Gallery, Denver Colorado (solo)
Sculptures in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri (solo)
William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri (solo)
2005   Musée de l'Arles et de la Provence antiques, Autoportraits, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France
2004   Lignes indéterminées - l'espace de la perturbation, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France
Sculptures on Park Avenue, New York, NY
2003   Bernar Venet :Arcs – defined portions of curves, Galerie Scheffel and Kulturzentrum Englische Kirche, Bad Homburg, Germany
Bernar Venet aux Tuileries, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France
Autoportrait, Musée d'Art moderne et d'Art contemporain (MAMAC), Nice, France
2002   Art Omi International Art Center, New York, NY
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2001   Inauguration of the Chapelle Saint Jean, Château-Arnoux, France
Salon du Mobilier et de l'objet design, The Caroussel du Louvre, Paris, France
Centre Européen d'Actions Artistiques Contemporain, Paris, France
2000   Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and São Paulo, Brazil
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
1999   Blickachsen 2, Skulpturen im Kurpark, Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany
1998 - 1999   L'hypothèse du Tableau Volé, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
1998   Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy
Dix Ans de Commandes Publiques, Centre Européen d'Actions Artistiques Contemporain, Strasbourg, France
Skulpturen, Galerie Orangerie-Reinz Cologne, Germany
The French Connection- Nine French Artists Living in New York, Kent Fine Art, Kent, CT
Alex Katz and Bernar Venet - New and Recent Works, Dorfman Projects, New York, NY
Musée d’Art Moderne de St. Etienne, St. Etienne, France
1997   Blickachsen, Skulpturen im Kurpark, Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany
International 97, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
Made in France 1947-1997, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1994   Retrospective, Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota, Columbia (solo)
1993   Retrospective, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Nice, France (solo)
1992   Public Sculpture, Adachi-ku, Tokyo, Japan
1989   Art conceptuel, Musée de l'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
1978   From Nature to Art, From Art to Nature, Venice Biennale Venice, Italy
1977   Recent Works, Musée d'Art Moderne de St-Etienne, St-Etienne, France
1976   Retrospective, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA (solo)
1974 - 1975   Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
XIII Bienal, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1971   Retrospective, New York Cultural Center, New York , NY (solo)
1964   Salon Comparaisons, Musée de l'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
  Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland
  Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris, France
  Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
  Fond d’Art Contemporain des Musées de Nice, Nice, France
  The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
  Contemporary Art Center, San Diego, CA
  The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
  Akron Art Institute, Akron, OH
2004    Bernar Venet – Lignes Indéterminées – L’Espace de la Perturbation. Paris: Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, 2004
2003    Kuspit, Donald. Bernar Venet : Le Sublime par les mathématiques, monographie. Paris, France: L’Yeuse, , 2003
2002    Mc Evilley, Thomas. Bernar Venet, monographie. Switzerland: Benteli Verlag; Paris: Artha, 2002
2000    Pierre, Arnauld. Bernar Venet « Le Discours et la méthode », monographie. Milan: Prearo Editore, 2000