‘Radical’ is a word often used to describe Conceptual artist Bernar Venet’s works.
Yet so many pieces carry enduring appeal, perhaps due to the timeless visual language underpinned by themes of mathematics, science, music and philosophy.
Internationally renowned, this enigmatic appeal has rewarded him with numerous enviable opportunities to showcase work, even under the Eiffel Tower and in the grounds of the Chateau de Versailles. More recently, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc a so-called “Palace of the Côte d’Azur” is making way for the grand works.
‘221.5 arc x 12’ shown here, is in Sydney, nestled in a nook of trees just a few steps from Woolloomooloo Finger wharf.
As spectacular as it is, I’m envious of those who have seen his ” fastest artwork ever” Bugatti, or perhaps travelled to the Eiffel Tower or grounds of the Chateau de Versailles to encounter his signature sculptures.
If you’re not in Sydney, he’s represented by Blain Southern in London and the fabulous Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc have an outdoor exhibition of Venet’s sculptures from May to September 18 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc and Château Saint-Martin, Côte d’Azur, South of France. As detailed by Blain Southern, Venet’s Arcs, Angles and Indeterminate Lines series will feature, and are described as investigating positive and negative space.
Venet has designed opera sets, served in armed forces, been a university lecturer and more. So, one imagines him easily making friends with regulars of the iconic Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
Perhaps you would like to be a visitor yourself?
Pour l’amour de l’art