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After studying horticulture, a subject that has influenced his outlook, at the Ecole Nationale de Versailles, Bertrand Lavier began his artistic career in the late 1960s.
Since that time Lavier has reflected upon the relationship between painting and sculpture, representation and abstraction, life and art. An overriding characteristic of his work is its tongue in cheek attitude. In order to shape his ideas, Lavier developed a series of ‘demonstrations’: methods and strategies that enable him to question our intellectual baggage and to disrupt our most entrenched visual habits.
His best-known intervention is to cover everyday objects with what he refers to as typical ‘Van Gogh-brushwork’. With this act, banal objects become artworks but, even more importantly, the object becomes a painted image of itself. Paradoxically, the representation of reality only occurs when the original object is hidden from view and completely disappears. Another ‘demonstration’ consists of combining two different objects in an absurd associative manner, such as a sculpture of Alexander Calder placed upon a radiator with an identical brand name, or La Bocca (Dali’s famous lip-shaped sofa) balanced upon a white freezer manufactured by Bosch.
In 2012 he had a major retrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Other recent solo exhibitions include Medley, Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, Tokyo (2018); Walt Disney Productions, Kunstmuseum Luzern (2017); Oeuvres in situ / Anémochories, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); Bertrand Lavier, école des Beaux Arts de Monaco, Monaco (2016); Une rétrospective, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein (2016); l’Affaire Tournesols, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles (2014-2015).

L’affaire Tournesols

PRESSES DU REEL, 2014

ISBN 978-2840667322

Bertrand Lavier, depuis 1969

CENTRE POMPIDOU, 2012

ISBN 978-2844265838

Il Museo Privato - La passione per l'arte contemporanea nelle collezioni bergamasche

GaMeC, Bergamo, 2010

Bertrand Lavier : Roma

Les Presses du réel, 2009

ISBN 978-2840663065

La Residenza Sabauda, la Collezione

Milano, Skira Editore, 2008

Bertrand Lavier “Atomiums"

Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, 2007

Playlist - Le collectivisme artistique et la production de parcours

Editions Cercle d’Art, 2004

Lavier in Prato

Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, 2004