Daniel Buren

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Daniel Buren, 2014.
Daniel Buren, 1995.
Les Anneaux , Nantes.
Gate Sculpture Projects Münster 1987.
The facade of the New Museum in Nuremberg was designed in color by Daniel Buren, 2009
L'arc rouge - Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain

Daniel Buren (born March 25, 1938 in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris ) is a French painter and sculptor and is considered a representative of analytical painting and conceptual art .


Daniel Buren studied sculpture and painting at the École des Metiers d'Art in Paris from 1957 to 1960. After a short stay at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts , he decided to paint.

Buren participated in Documenta 5 in Kassel in 1972 in the Idea + Idea / Light department and was represented as an artist at Documenta 6 (1977) and Documenta 7 in 1982. In 1974 he took part in ADA campaigns by the avant-garde in Berlin.


Stripes of different colors, which are always exactly 8.7 cm wide and applied to a wide variety of shapes and materials, are considered Buren's trademark, for example in an action for the exhibition Position - Proposition with the Konrad Fischer Gallery in Düsseldorf in 1968 on a site fence . Buren mainly works in public spaces, but also receives commissions from international institutions for large-scale installations .

Other works by Buren are the floor in Wolfsburg Central Station or the accessible work of art Les Deux Plateaux (1985/1986) with 266 truncated columns of different heights in the courtyard of the Palais Royal (Paris) ; There are also works by the artist in the LWL State Museum for Art and Cultural History in Münster . Buren designed the stops on line 2 of the tram in Mulhouse in Alsace, which went into operation in 2006. In 2013, Buren designed the tallest structure in Saxony at 301.8 m , the chimney of the Chemnitz thermal power station . In Lyon he created a grid of squares, water and light on the floor of the Place des Terreaux . In Bilbao , his work Arcos rojos / Arku gorriak (Red Arches), executed in 2007, won the competition to better integrate the Puente La Salve into the overall concept of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao .

In 2010, at the Haus der Kunst in Munich , the conceptual art exhibition Less is More. Pictures, objects, concepts from the collection and archive of Herman and Nicole Daled, 1966–1978 showing twelve large, early stripe pictures by the artist from the 1970s. These had "rested" in a sports bag with the collector couple. In 2010, in the synagogue (Stommeln) in Stommeln , he showed multiplications by mirroring the interior. In 2011 the exhibition Daniel Buren took place in the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden . Allegro Vivace instead. On the occasion of the 5th Monumenta in 2012, he immersed the Grand Palais in Paris in an unreal light using hundreds of colored circles. In 2016/17 he provided individual partial areas of the twelve sails representing the glass roofs of the Louis Vuitton Foundation with one color each and with gray and white stripes.



  • "Caution!". Texts 1967-1991. Edited by Gerti Fietzek and Gudrun Inboden, with a foreword by Gudrun Inboden. Verlag der Kunst, Dresden u. a. 1995, ISBN 3-364-00313-0 (= FUNDUS-Band, 129).
  • Les Cadres Décadres Travaux Situés. Documents of Our Time - Volume XXXVI. Text by Klaus Bussmann. Mainz 2007, ISBN 978-3-926663-36-8 .
  • Two Exploded Cabins For A Dialog - Encore des Carrés. Documents of Our Time - Volume XXXXV. Text by Beate Reifenscheid. Mainz 2012, ISBN 978-3-926663-45-0 .


  • Francisco Calvo Seraller: (inlet): Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection. Guggenheim Bilbao 2009, ISBN 978-84-95216-61-8 .
  • Dorothea von Hantelmann : How to Do Things with Art. On the importance of the performativity of art. diaphanes Verlag, Zurich / Berlin 2007, ISBN 978-3-03734-009-7 .
  • Markus Pilgram: Critique and Perception in Daniel Buren's Work or On Immediate Seeing the Unobtrusively Intrusive. Dietrich Reimer Verlag, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-496-01327-3 .
  • Daniel Buren. Allegro Vivace. For the exhibition in the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. Walther König, Cologne 2011 ISBN 978-3-86560-960-1 .
  • Daniel Buren. Broken Squares. For the exhibition in the Museum Ritter (Waldenbuch). Verlag Der Wunderhorn, Heidelberg 2013, ISBN 978-3-88423-445-7 .

Individual evidence

  1. ADA 1 and 2
  2. Wolfgang Becker : The disturbed idyll of the place. Public space and modern art: a model of thought. In: die waage, Zeitschrift der Grünenthal GmbH, 36, 1997, No. 1, pp. 38–44, here: p. 44
  3. Sebastian Redecke: The return of places. Lyon, the second largest city in France, created car-free urban spaces. In: the scales. Journal of Grünenthal GmbH 36, 1997, No. 1 (on the subject of spaces ), pp. 23–29, here: p. 24 f.
  4. Arcos rojos / Arku gorriak - Daniel Buren on Guggenheim-bilbao.eus
  5. FAZ of September 2, 2010, page 31
  6. ^ The Fondation Louis Vuitton: Daniel Burren, "Observatory of Light". Retrieved October 29, 2019 .

Web links

Commons : Daniel Buren  - Collection of images, videos and audio files