Daniel Buren installations at la Cité Radieuse
Daniel Buren is taking the stage at the rooftop of Modernist architect Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse building in Marseille with his installation of mirrors and coloured glass “Défini, fini, infini”.
The exhibition is taking place at the MAMO art Centre, the rooftop outdoor gymnasium intended for the residents of Cité Radieuse. The gymnasium was transformed last year by French designer Ora-Ïto into a gallery.
For Défini, fini, infini, Daniel Buren played with Corbusier’s composition by integrating seven vast but integrated artworks causing the viewer’s experience of this liminal space to be expanded.
It’s not easy to begin with – but it’s the kind of space where you can do your best and be as critical and enthusiastic as you can. It’s like the Palais Royale, an eighteenth century building. There’s a risk of being overshadowed by a masterpiece.
The artist used his own aesthetic language of stripes and color contrasting with the raw concrete material of the Cité Radieuse and the blue Mediterranean skies. The two main elements include the vast 400 sq m mirror designed to reflect the poured concrete perfection of the façade and the grid of Buren’s signature striped columns, set up as square protrusions that evoke the concrete frame of the building below.
Daniel Buren was born in Boulogne-Billancourt in 1938. He has been the subject of retrospectives at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York (2005) and the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2002). His work is also included in prestigious private and public collections worldwide. Buren has exhibited in the Venice Biennale more than 10 times and was awarded the Golden Lion for his French Pavilion in 1986. That same year, he produced his first and most controversial public commission, The Two Plateaux, for the main courtyard of the Palais-Royal in Paris. In 2007, he received the Praemium Imperiale for Painting from Japan. Most recently, he was selected to exhibit at MONUMENTA 2012 at the Grand Palais in Paris.
Credits: Photography: Sébastien Véronèse; © DB – ADAGP, Paris, 2014 / © Fondation Le Corbusier / ADAGP, Paris, 2014