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Daniel Buren was born in Boulogne-Billancourt (Seine-et-Oise), on March 25, 1938. After completing his secondary education he enrolled in the École Nationale Supérieure des métiers d’art in Paris. He got a degree in fine arts specializing in painting in 1961. In 1966 his friendship with artists Olivier Mosset, Niele Toroni and Michel Parmentier, resulted in the creation of the BMPT group. The Group was strongly influenced by the Situationists spread in his book the society of the spectacle by Guy Debord.
In the mid 60’s, Buren began to create paintings that radically questioned and explored the economy of the media used in his work and the relationship between background (support medium) and form (painting). In 1965, when he was painting pictures that combined rounded forms and stripes varying in sizes and colours, he chose to use an industrial fabric with fixed vertical 8.7 cm-wide stripes alternating white with another colour. Beginning from this extremely simple and banal visual register, Buren further impoverished it by repeating it systematically to reach the grade of zero painting. This reflection will cause the observer’s attention to shift from the work to the physical and social environment within which the artist intervenes. Eventually, he abandoned his studio in 1967, to favour work in situ, starting from the street, then the gallery, the museum, the landscape or the architecture.
His “visual tool” is based on the use of alternating stripes, which let him reveal the significant details of the site where he is working, by employing them in specific, and at times complex, structures lying somewhere between painting, sculpture and architecture. His in-situ works play with points of view, spaces, colours, light, movement, the surrounding environment, angles or projections, acquiring their decorative force by radically transforming the sites.
Incisive, critical and engaged, Buren’s work is in a continual state of development and diversification, and never fails to stimulate comment, admiration and disagreement. In 1986, he realized his most controversial public commission, today classified as a “historical monument” Les Deux Plateaux, for the Courtyard of Honour of the Royal Palace in Paris. In the same year, he represented France at the Venice Biennale, where he was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Pavilion.

Buren is one of the most active and acclaimed artists on the international art scene today, and his work has been shown in leading galleries and museums, and in a wide range of sites around the world.

Daniel Buren, L’Observatoire de la lumière

Coédition Fondation Louis Vuitton & Editions Xavier Barral, 2016

ISBN 979-1020402608

Libretto Daniel Buren : Une Fresque

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

ISBN 978-9089316332

Daniel Buren, Comme un jeu d’enfant

Joëlle Pijaudier-Cabot, Patrick Bouchain, Estelle Pietrzyk, Marie-Ange Brayer, Strasbourg : MAMCS, 2014

ISBN 978-2351251126

Daniel Buren, 1965… 2015

text by Annabelle Gugnon, kamel mennour, Paris

ISBN 978-2914171588

Les flèches, travail in situ et en mouvement

Cabanons Buren Cirque, Paris : Bernard Chauveau

ISBN 978-2363061485

Les Écrits, 1965-2012, Volume 2 : 1996-2012

2013, Coéditions CNAP - Centre National des Arts Plastiques & Flammarion, Paris

ISBN 978-2081287983

Les Écrits, 1965-2012, Volume 1 : 1965-1995

2012, éditions CNAP / Flammarion, Paris

ISBN 978-2081282889

Buren, Monographie

Guy Lelong, Coédition Centre national des arts plastiques & Flammarion, Nouvelle Création contemporaine

ISBN 978-2080121950

Daniel Buren – Excentrique(s) : Esquisses graphiques

Éditions Dilecta, Paris

ISBN 979-1090490086

Daniel Buren, Travaux in situ 2010-2011

Centre Pompidou-Metz, Mudam Luxembourg

Daniel Buren, Allegro Vivace

catalogue, Doris Krystof, Cora von Pape, Baden-Baden : Staatliche Kunsthalle, 2011

ISBN 978-3865609601

Daniel Buren & Alberto Giacometti, œuvres contemporaines 1964-1966

kamel mennour, Paris, 2010

ISBN 978-2914171366

Daniel Buren, Multiplikationen : Arbeit in situ für eine Synagogue

Gudrun Inboden, Stadt Pulheim

ISBN 978-3981021868

Histoire du Palais-Royal, Les deux plateaux, Daniel Buren

Patrick Bouchain, Jean-Christophe Denise, Edith Hallauer, Michel Nuridsany, Actes Sud, Arles

ISBN 978-2742793396

Le musée qui n'existait pas, Daniel Buren

Bernard Blistène, Laurent Le Bon, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Centre Pompidou/Éditions Xavier Barral, Paris, 2010

ISBN 978-2915173369

Daniel Buren , Modulation

Arbeiten in situ, Angelika Nollert, Melitta Kliege, Neues Museum, Nürnberg

ISBN 978-3869840178

Daniel Buren

Lisson Gallery, Londres, 2007

ISBN 978-3865602794

Daniel Buren, Intervention II works in situ

Suzanne Cotter, Modern Art Oxford, 2006

ISBN 978-1901352290