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Daniel Buren

Daniel Buren is a French conceptual artist.

1938 Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France 
1960 Graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Métiers d'Art, Paris

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Daniel Buren is one of the most influential living French artists. Buren is a painter and a conceptual artist. After 1966 he developed an aesthetic form that rejected all formal exploration and gave importance solely to the positioning of the work of art. In particular he devised the formula of alternating white and coloured vertical stripes. This became his exclusive mark, at first as a member of the BMPT group with Olivier Mosset (b 1944), Parmentier and Niele Toroni (b 1937). He painted his stripes on a whole range of different supports in various inappropriate settings. After abandoning the idea of painting as object he proposed a critical analysis of painting that would henceforth be like wallpaper pasted up in the streets of Paris, rather like the huge canvas stretched across the middle of the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1971). In his many installations in galleries and museums as well as in the open or in the city, he responded to the surrounding space or the context of an exhibition with great acuity. His work often has a decorative quality, as can be seen in his controversial creation in the courtyard of the Palais Royal in Paris, The Two Plateaux (1985–6).

In autumn 2004, for the occasion of the opening of the French cultural year in China, Buren exhibited in Temple of Heaven in Beijing his in situ installation "De l'azur au Temple du Ciel" (From the sky to Temple of Heaven). For the closure event of the French cultural year in China Buren made two in situ installations in China in September 2005 : "Trois couleurs mélangées, cabanes intégrées et éclatées" (Three Mixed Colors, Cabins Integrated and Fragmented), in the Museum of Fine Art, Hangzhou, and"La Ligne Rouge" (The Red Line) in Tai Feng Park, TEDA, Tianjin.
The curator of those three events was Xin Dong Cheng.



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