Exploring Buren's canvas

Jun 18, 2015, 07:42 IST | Hassan M Kamal

Get a close insight into how celebrated French artist, Daniel Buren had worked on his grand show, The Eye of the Storm, in 2005 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York

If it is the ubiquitous bindu that finds prominence in the works of Indian artist, SH Raza, contrasting stripes are the standout element for the French artist Daniel Buren. But unlike Raza, Buren didn’t limit himself to a canvas on an easel; instead, he expanded it to natural or manmade surroundings — often public spaces such as park benches, railway stations, roads, subways, etc (some authorised and others unauthorised) as his canvas.

Daniel Buren
Daniel Buren poses in front of one of his installations, titled Comme un jeu d’enfant, travaux in situ, exhibited in 2014. Pic/AFP

In March 2005, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City put up a grand show, titled The Eye of the Storm, featuring installations by the artist. The preparations for the exhibition were captured on camera, leading up to a special documentary capturing Buren at work, and his art philosophy. The documentary, helmed by Stan Neumann, will be screened today at What About Art? in Bandra.

A graduate from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Métiers d’Art in Paris, Buren has held numerous solo exhibitions across Europe and America, and continues to be one of the most admired artists of our time. “Buren is one of the most established French contemporary artists.

And being French, I wanted to introduce him to art lovers in the city,” says Eve Lemesle of What About Art?, an art and talent management agency based in Bandra. Lemesle informs us that the unlike most documentaries, which are often review of a work after it’s complete, this documentary shows Buren working on the entire show as filmmmaker Neumann follows him day after day, for three weeks.

The documentary offers a unique perspective into the mind of the artist as Buren takes control of the workspace and spreads his artistic ingenuity (installations) that began more than five decades ago, across the museum.

“Buren is know for changing the perception of the spaces he works on, and here, one can see Buren working on a site-specific installation made of mirror.

The documentary on the artist captures the process of creating works and the process of putting up an exhibition — it is educational, informative and also an insight into Buren,” Lemesle summarises.

On: Today, 7 pm to 8 pm
At: What About Art? 7 Baitush apartments, above Mickey Mehta’s Gym, 29th Road, Bandra (W).
Call: 9920211798
Entry: Free

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