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Daniel Buren

The colors above our heads are under our feet as well
Work in situ, 2018


Daniel Buren. Photo-souvenir: The colors above our heads are under our feet as well. Work in situ, 2018. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. © Daniel Buren – ADAGP, Paris.

Daniel Buren. Photo-souvenir: The colors above our heads are under our feet as well. Work in situ, 2018. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. © Daniel Buren – ADAGP, Paris.

L to R: The Baker Museum Director and Chief Curator Frank Verpoorten and artist Daniel Buren in Paris, November 2018.


This exhibition is organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum, and is generously sponsored by the Collier County Tourist Development Council and Waterside Shops

Naples Collier Visitor Convention Waterside Shops

A current installation
at Artis—Naples


November 2018 – June 2019


  El texto en español


The minimalist pergola, usually adorned with vines, is transformed in this work by Daniel Buren in a visionary pathway and a chromatic, luminous landscape for visitors to experience. The glittering beams of Florida’s sunlight pierce its colored rectangles, painting the surroundings with rainbow hues. The glass of the panels permits an abundance of mirrored reflections, functioning like a prism for the blue, yellow, orange, red and green tones. Drawing upon its environment and responsively transforming, the work is continually changing as a function of the play of shadows and the diffraction caused by the intensity of the light.

Buren is interested in working outside, where many elements are involved, such as natural — rather than artificial — light, the weather and, certainly, the sky — under which, according to the artist, true colors appear. The rigorous geometry of the structure, made of squared beams, poles with black and white stripes, and the chromatic succession of the ceiling, instill rhythm to the piece and amplify its course.

The pergola becomes a sheltered walkway where the viewer is advised to move, not simply looking at it from a fixed point. The passerby can appreciate it only by experimenting with body and mind.

For more than 50 years, Buren has been extending the possibilities of painting by studying spatial relationships and color, placing brightly striped and colored works in public spaces — on monuments, city squares, billboards and train stations — around the world.

He has participated in major exhibitions, including at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art and many others. Buren has been a recipient of numerous awards, including the Golden Lion for his French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1986), the Grand Prix National de Peinture (1992) and the Praemium Imperiale (2007). In recent years, Buren has premiered a number of commissions, including the Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris, 2016) and the Tottenham Court Road Station (London, 2017).

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