Mudam Luxembourg
16 May – 12 September, 2011
3 Park Dräi Eechelen, L-1499 Luxembourg
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This exhibition by Daniel Buren is the fruit of a joint invitation to the artist from Mudam and Centre Pompidou-Metz to create a specific installation in relation to their respective spaces. As it is often the case with his work, the installation the artist has conceived for Mudam is concerned with “frames” - be they aesthetic, architectural or institutional - which condition any exhibited art by rendering certain aspects visible.

Through his installation at Mudam, Daniel Buren addresses the most symbolic “frame” of the museum, namely the architecture of I.M. Pei, while subverting, not without a certain irony, the invitation to exhibit in the central space of the Grand Hall (which in itself sums up the most important aspects of Pei’s architectural discourse). In response to these “constraints”, Daniel Buren is shifting an entire architectural fragment into the Grand Hall: his installation taking the life-size form of the museum pavilion (which has the same type of atrium as the Grand Hall).

By exhibiting the architecture within the architecture through this installation of rare proportions, Daniel Buren is not only emphasizing certain architectural characteristics of the museum, he is also highlighting the function of the building as an “envelope” for art. Beyond this critical reading of artistic “frames”, Daniel Buren’s recent pieces are also distinguished by essentially pictorial considerations, which may evoke his early work of the 1960s when he adopted the most immediate possible approach to painting, signifying nothing other than itself. By using colour and light, two basic materials of pictorial art, Buren creates, with this coloured atrium, a sort of 3D painting which is only completed by the attentive gaze of viewers wandering through the space. It is the visual experience of the viewer that is of central interest to the artist.