Bernar Venet at the Venet Foundation

How is that for a title?

“A straight line positioned diagonally in relation to the space of the gallery, suspended on a base of 150 x 140 x 220 cm. Positioned at an angle of 16° in relation to the central axis of the gallery and 9° in relation to the ground. Corten steel assembled by welding. 1,400 kg – 17 m long – 30 cm square section.”

French sculptor (and painter and photographer and choreographer and art collector and…) Bernar Venet has set my new life goals. A seventeen acres piece of land in the town of Le Muy, France, containing beautiful nature, pine trees, a waterfall and a beautiful mansion with pool and several patios in the shade. Add to that an art collection with some fantastic minimalist pieces (amongst which not one, but two James Turrell installations), displayed next to a vast collection of his own works.

The main part of Venets work consists of corten steel elements that are arranged in certain ways. For example: a number of identical arcs placed behind each other, one long straight line positioned in a certain angle or seemingly chaotic collapsed elements (with Venet himself sometimes driving the forklift to topple the elements over).

I visited the foundation in the scorching Provence heat a couple of weeks back, on one of the weekly guided tours that you can participate in. Stay tuned for more form this truly magic and beautiful place.

👨‍🎨 Bernar Venet (b. 1941)
🖼️ Une ligne droite positionnée diagonalement par rapport à l’espace de ce lieu, appuyée sur un socle de 150 x 140 x 220 cm. Disposition 16° par rapport à l’axe central de la galerie et 9° par rapport au niveau du sol. Acier corten assemblé par soudure. 1.400 kg – 17 m de longueur – 30 cm de section carrée. (2022)
🏛️ Venet Foundation