Bernar Venet

Biography

Bernar Venet was born in southern France in 1941. He has lived in New York City since 1966.
Sculptor, painter and performer, his works are to be found in the collections of major international museums of contemporary art, including: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Pompidou Centre and The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
He has participated in Kassel Documenta VI in 1977, in the Biennales in Paris, Venice and São Paulo, and has had retrospectives dedicated to him at the New York Cultural Center at Columbus Circle in New York, at the Museum für Moderne Kunst Küppersmühle Duisburg and Kunsthalle Darmstadt (Germany), at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, at the Busan Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Art in Seoul (South Korea), at the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern IVAM in Valencia (Spain) and at the Museum of Mücsarnok in Budapest (Hungary). He has also produced public works in Auckland, Austin, Bergen, Berlin, Denver, Paris, Neu-Ulm, Nice, Norfolk, Seoul, Shenzhen, Tokyo and Toulouse.
Numerous monographs have been published about the artist by distinguished art historians such as Barbara Rose, Donald Kuspit, Carter Ratcliff, Thomas McEvilley, Jan van der Marck, Thierry Lenain and Achille Bonito Oliva.
In 1994, he presented twelve sculptures from the Indeterminate Lines series at the Champ de Mars and, in 2011, he became the fourth contemporary artist to be invited to hold a solo show at the Château de Versailles.
Raised to the rank of Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 2005, during his career he has received numerous other awards, including the recent 2013 International Sculpture Julio González Prize.
In July 2014, the Fondation Venet was inaugurated at Le Muy, (France).
In 2015, the International Sculpture Center (ISC) announced that Venet will receive the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Selected solo exhibitions

1964
Galerie Ursula Girardon, Paris

1966
Galerie Jacques Matarasso, Nice, France

1970
Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany
Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany

1971
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
New York Cultural Center (Retrospective), New York

1972
Bruno Bischofberger Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

1974
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Galerie Daniel Templon, Milan, Italy

1975
XIIIth Biennale, São Paulo, Brazil
Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Great Britain

1976
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California

1977
Bruno Bischofberger Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland
Musée d’Art et d’industrie, Saint-Étienne, France
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Sonja Hennie – Niels Onstad Foundation, Hovikodden, Norway

1979
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

1982
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

1984
Musée Sainte-Croix, Poitiers, France
Musée d’Art Moderne, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy

1985
Musée Départemental des Vosges, Épinal, France

1986
Castelli Uptown, New York

1987
Galerie Pierre Huber, Geneva, Switzerland
Quadrat Museum – Moderna Gallery, Bottrop, Germany
Castelli Uptown, New York

1988
Graduation (contemporary ballet), Opéra de Paris, Salle Favart, Paris, France

1989
Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

1990
Galerie Daniel Templon, La ligne à vif (performance), Paris, France

1991
Fred Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Galeria Theo, Barcelona, Spain
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

1992
Person’s Weekend Museum, Tokyo, Japan

1993
Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France
Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
André Emmerich Gallery, New York

1994
Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia
Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida

1995
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, China
Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris FIAC, France

1996
Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France
Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

1997
Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
Le Nouveau Musée / Institut de Villeurbanne, Lyon, France
Musée du Québec, Québec, Canada

1998
Musée d’Art Moderne de St. Étienne, St. Étienne, France
Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy
Galleria Karsten Greve, Milan, Italy

1999
Centro Cultural de Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Improvisé – Inachevé – Non-Formulé (performance), Musée d’art moderne, Mücsarnok, Budapest, Hungary
Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMCO), Geneva, Switzerland

2000
Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Centre d’Art Contemporain Georges Pompidou, Cajarc, France
Teatro Nacional de Brasília, Brazil
Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, São Paulo, Brazil

2001
Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France

2002
Galerie Academia, Salzburg, Austria
Performance-Poésie (Poetry-Performance), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany
Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Anthony Grant Inc., New York

2003
Musée d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain (MAMAC), Nice, France
Equation/Saturation, MAMAC / Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice, France
1961-1963, Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, France
Bernar Venet aux Tuileries, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France

2004
Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France
Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York
Sculptures on Park Avenue, New York
Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Musée Sainte-Croix, Poitiers, France

2005
Musée de l’Arles et de la Provence antiques, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France
Sculptures in the Loop, Chicago, Illinois
Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

2006
Gary Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Sculptures in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri
Museum / Kunsthalle Würth, Künzelsau, Germany

2007
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangmyeong-gil (Seoul), South Korea
Bernar Venet in Bordeaux, France
Bernar Venet in Metz, France
Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany
Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea

2008
Bernar Venet: Sotheby’s at Isleworth, Isleworth Country Club, Orlando, Florida Bernar Venet in San Diego, California
Galerie von Bartha, S-Chanf, Switzerland

2009
Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Le Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, Belgium
Le Arsenale di Venezia, 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy

2010
Bernar Venet in Hermann Park, Houston, Texas, organized by Robert McClain Gallery
Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, Spain, curated by Barbara Rose
Bernar Venet in Salzburg, Austria
Le monde de Bernar Venet, Venet in Context, Musée les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France

2011
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, Germany
Venet-Versailles, Château de Versailles, Château de Marly, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes, France
Bernar Venet in Frankfurt, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, France
VON BARTHA GARAGE, Basel, Switzerland

2012
Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
de Sarthe Gallery and Le French May host Bernar Venet: Monumental Sculptures, Hong Kong
Bernar Venet: Paintings: 1967 – 2010, de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong
Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
Bernar Venet in Helsinki, Finlande
Art Plural Gallery, Singapore
FLAT (with Frank Stella), Riff Art Projects, Istanbul, Turkey
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

2013
Sculptures in Auckland, New Zealand
84 Arcs / Disorder, jardins du Palais de Pharo, Marseille France
Bernar Venet: Paintings. Homage to Al-Khawarizmi, Abbazia di San Gregorio, Venice, Italy
Les origines, Musée Regards de Provence, Marseille, France
Ace Gallery, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California, USA

2014
Hypothèse du point, Espace Jacques Villeglé de Saint Gratien, Saint Gratien, France
Bernar Venet, L’hypothèse de l’arc, von Bartha Garage, Basel, Switzerland
Bernar Venet, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
Bernar Venet / Maquettes, Strandverket Art Museum, Marstrand, Sweden
Homage to Kurt Gödel. A tribute to abstract thinking, Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany

2015
Bernar Venet, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg
Bernar Venet: metametria, Vass Collection, Budapest, Hungary
Bernar Venet, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, Venice, Italy (installation coinciding with the Venice Biennale)
Il caos come principio sottovalutato dell’ordine (Chaos as an underestimated principle of order), Giorgio Persano, Turin, Italy
Mathematica, Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2016
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, New York
Galería Cayón, Madrid, Spain
RAW: portraits d’artistes, Galerie rue Visconti, Paris, France
Custot Gallery Dubai, Dubai, U.A.E.
Bernar Venet: Les origines 1961-1966, L’Espace de l’art concret, Mouans-Sartoux, France

2017
Bernar Venet: Looking Forward: 1961-1984, BlainSouthern, London, U.K.
Bernar Venet: Arcs, Paul Kasmin gallery, New York, New York, U.S.A.
RAW: portraits d’artistes, French Cultural Center, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Bernar Venet: Les origines 1961-1966, L’Espace de l’art concret, Mouans-Sartoux, France

2018
Bernar Venet: Retrospective, 2019-1959, Musée d’art contemporain, Lyon, France