Una cosa tira l’altra, lavori in situ e situati, 1965-2015 is the title of the next solo show by Daniel Buren (b.1938, Boulogne-Billancourt) at Galleria Continua in the San Gimignano venue.
The show features a considerable number of old works, displayed in the gallery’s firstfloor exhibition spaces, and a new, large-scale piece which the artist has conceived specially for the stalls area of the former cinema and theatre.
In the field of the plastic arts, Buren invented the notion of “in situ” to characterize a practice intrinsically linked to the topological and cultural specificities of the places where the works are presented.
Primary, flat, smooth colours without any hint of shading. Geometry and abstraction. Buren uses this simplification of devices in a large number of works in situ. His stripes, which come in different colours and materials, abandon the terrain of pure statement and move towards a redefinition of public or private space. An attentive interpreter of the spatial-temporal dimension with which the work engages, the artist breaks down and recreates an infinite collection of new reflected and abstract worlds.
Buren‘s work offers a critical reading of the art object, addressing themes regarding the visibility of the work and the definition of its status. At the centre of his practice is a desire to overturn given models by multiplying the points of view but also by upsetting perspectives through forms of visual interference.
Buren‘s work redefines the place where the art work is situated, demonstrating its complexity and also an ideological approach to art and every form of experience. With this gesture, Buren shifts the boundaries of visual art, paving the way for a new interaction between art and life.