Bernar Venet - © Philippe Chancel

Bernar Venet – © Philippe Chancel



Bernar Venet est un artiste français installé à New-York. Né en 1941 dans les Alpes Françaises, il étudie l’art à Nice. De 1959 à 1960, il travaille comme décorateur de plateau pour l’Opéra de Nice. A 23 ans, il participe à des expositions dans des prestigieux musées français. Le travail de Bernar Venet a été montré à travers l’Europe, les Etats-Unis, l’Amérique du Sud ainsi qu’en Asie. Il a participé entre autres à la Documenta de Kassel en 1977 et les biennales de Paris, Venise et Sao Paulo.De nombreuses sculptures monumentales et permanentes sont installées autour du monde et peuvent être vues à Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Strasbourg, Bejing, Epinal, Nice, Austin, San Francisco, Norfolk, Bergen, Genève, Cologne…
Plusieurs grandes monographies ont été publiées sur son activité qui retrace la richesse de son travail dans plusieurs diciplines telles que la sculpture, la peinture, la photographie, la musique et la chorégraphie. Une de ses expositions, constituée de dix grandes sculptures, a fait le tour du monde : Paris (1994), Hong Kong (1995), Shanghai (1995), Brussels (1996), Cologne (1996), Geneva (1997), et Bâle (1998).



Bernar Venet, born in 1941, is a French Conceptual artist who has exhibited his works in various locations around the world. With the support of a local artist, however, he became interested in painting and drawing at a young age. After several attempts at gaining a formal education in the arts, he worked as a stage designer at the Nice Opera in 1959. In the early 1960, Venet became familiar with the work of Arman and some of the New realists in Paris,  such as César Baldaccini, Raymond Hains and Jacques villeglé, and started sculpting with cardboard. He exhibited alongside New Realists and Pop artist’s works in the Salon Comparaisons at the Paris Museum of Modern Art. In 1966, during a two-month visit to New York Venet was influenced by Minimalism, consequently incorporating this style into his art. In 1967, Venet moved to New York and shared fellow artist Arman’s studio. Also around this period, Venet became interested in logic and mathematics and produced works around these concepts. From 1971 to 1976, Venet did not create any art, entering a period of retrospection. He took up teaching Art and Art Theory at the Paris Sorbonne University, and frequented lectures in England, Italy and Balgium. He resumed his artistic activity in 1976, exhibiting works at « Documenta IVI » in Kassel in 1977.
During the 1980s, Venet continued to develop his art along logical lines. He also composed, choreographed and imagined the costumes and designs the production of the ballet « Graduation« . In the 1990s, Venet created his « Indeterminate Lines » series and subsequently his Arcs, which have been exhibited at various locations, including Versailles and internationally. In 2012, luxury car maker Bugatti invited Venet to create a one-off artwork to be applied to a Veyron Grand Sport. The finished work, described as « the fastest artwork ever », was revealed at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach.








Oeuvres disponibles / Available Works


Coffret de 6 sérigraphies originales « Ligne indéterminée »,  sur vélin de Rives.
Tirage exécuté au studio Heinrici N.Y. pour les éditions F.B. Paris.
57x 73 cm