Bernar Venet (born in Château Arnoux in 1941) is now a leading figure on the international art scene. Since 1966 he has lived mainly in New York, and now resides in Le Muy in the Var, where the Venet Foundation organises exhibitions every summer.
The highly radical artistic positions he adopted during his time in Nice, and those he adopted as soon as he arrived in the United States, enabled him to exhibit very early on with the leading exponents of Minimal and Conceptual Art at the time.
Particularly renowned for his monumental sculptures in corten steel, his work has continued to flourish and to be celebrated in fields as diverse as painting, performance, poetry, sound, design and photography. His work is collected by over a hundred prestigious institutions around the world, including the Centre Pompidou (Paris), MoMA and the Guggenheim (New York), LACMA (Los Angeles) and the National Museum of Modern Art (Seoul). He has also carried out numerous public commissions in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and America.
"My work is always derived from concepts that seem antagonistic, but which I prefer to describe as complementary. It's my way of thinking, my method for discovering different solutions applicable to the history of sculpture. The idea here is to work on concepts of disorder, instability, uncertainty and entropy. In this way, I can free myself from the constructivist traditions of intuitive composition, as well as from the serial, pre-established arrangements of Concrete and Minimal Art artists. My installations, which no longer respect these now conventional rules, suggest randomness as the rule of the game.