Daniel Buren (French, b.1938) is a painter and installation artist associated with the Conceptual Art movement, and best known for painting stripes in a variety of public locations. Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, he graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Métiers d’Art in 1960. In 1966, after experimenting with an Expressionist style, Buren rejected formal representation and made vertical stripes his exclusive mark. One of Buren’s early installation works, Peinture-Sculpture (1971), was a striped banner that hung in the Guggenheim Museum in New York; it was removed after hanging one day because it obstructed the work of other artists.

A recent installation at the Guggenheim called Around the Corner (2000–2005) features a tower of mirrored glass that spans the length of the museum. This structure is derived from Buren’s series of cabanes éclatées (smaller cabins that are separated into parts and integrated into their surroundings). For his most controversial work, Deux Plateaux (1986), Buren covered one of the courtyards of the Palais-Royal in Paris with columns covered in his signature vertical stripes. In 1986, Buren represented France at the Venice Biennale and won the Golden Lion Award. He has held solo exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, among others institutions. His work is held in several museum collections, including the Museo Guggenheim in Bilbao, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the Tate Modern in London.

Timeline

1938
Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
Lives and works in situ.
www.danielburen.com

Exhibitions

2012–2013
Cercles et carrés, Centre Pompidou Mobile, Ville de Libourne, France
2012
L’oeuvre et ses archives, CAPC musée d‘art contemporain, Bordeaux, France
2012
Monumenta, Grand Palais, Paris (solo)
2011–2012
Voir se voir savoir, Buchmann Galerie, Agra/Lugano, Switzerland (solo)
2011–2012
La Triennale, Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (group)
2011–2012
Utopie Gesamtkunstwerk, Belvedere, Vienna (group)
2011–2012
Conceptual Tendencies 1960s to today, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin (group)
2011–2012
The Indiscipline of Painting, Tate St. Ives, UK (group)
2011–2012
Arte Povera International, Museo d'arte contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (group)

Literature

2012
Monumenta 2012, The Centre national des arts plastiques and the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais, Paris, France