Daniel Buren, photo-souvenir: Modulation, 2009/10 Arbeit in situ, Neues Museum Nürnberg (D)

12 February to 22 of May 2011 – Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

In the late 1960s, Daniel Buren (French, born 1938 in Boulogne Billancourt), pointedly renouncing the artist’s studio, began to fashion public space with his posters, the so-called affichages sauvages. The colorful vertical stripes, precisely 3.4 inches wide, have become Buren’s trademark piece, a visual tool he has used to this day. Their form is deliberately banal, devoid of content or signification. They forcefully contradict the belief in the autonomy of the work of art, alerting the beholder first and foremost to the site at which they are affixed. Buren thus conquered a new domain for art, one that is invisible save for these minimalist signs.
The artist works with materials such as textile, glass, mirrors, and transparent materials, which are always subordinate to the stripes. From light, colors, and shadows, he creates striking installations that decisively alter our perception of the spaces in which they are mounted. In the 20-foot-tall skylight halls at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Daniel Buren will perform site-specific interventions that engage Hermann Billing’s neoclassicist exhibition building.
Furthermore Daniel Buren extends the exhibition across the urban space of Baden-Baden. With more than 100 flags, designed by the artist, the glamorous spa town is transformed into a Gesamtkunstwerk with the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden as its core.

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