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A Tribute to Minimal and Conceptual Art

Le Muy  |  France  | 

A Tribute to Minimal and Conceptual Art

Collector Bernar Venet emphasizes that his impressive collection is built on strong friendships and believing in the importance of finding the right pieces early on, Venet strove to acquire museum quality artwork from the very beginning.

The coherence of the Venet Collection is built upon Venet’s personal tastes, and has been influenced by the acquisition and subsequent expansion of his property in Le Muy, France. Over the years, works acquired by his wife Diane have also come into the collection. Diane and Bernar Venet’s art collection now includes over a hundred works of conceptual and minimal art, Nouveau Réalisme, Land Art, and Body Art. From Donald Judd to Dan Flavin, including Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner and Richard Long, it is today one of the foremost private collections in the world.

Created in 2014, the Venet Foundation aims to preserve the site in Le Muy, France, to conserve the collection, and ensure that Bernar Venet’s work lives on after him.

BERNAR VENET, 11 Acute Unequal Angles, 2016. © Archives Bernar Venet, New York
BERNAR VENET, 11 Acute Unequal Angles, 2016. © Archives Bernar Venet, New York

“My collection is often made up of these private objects that are only valuable to me, for the memories they summon. The exceptions are rare and most of the works were done for me, with a story that is attached. That is the case, to mention just a few, of Morellet, who created a work from the letters of my name; of Arman, who did my Trashcan and my “Identikit Picture”; of César, who compressed my car; or of Rotella, who created a “Blank” in my studio on Canal Street andJean Tinguely who realized a very baroque candlestick for my fiftieth birthday. Soon after my arrival in New York, Christo also did a wrapped portrait for me, and in exchange I offered him an Equation painting, which I see each time I visit him. That was the spirit in which my collection began to take shape.”

BERNAR VENET

BERNAR VENET, Surface Indeterminée, 1996. © Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
BERNAR VENET, Surface Indeterminée, 1996. © Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Installation view of the Venet Foundation. Featuring works by ROBERT MORRIS, DAN FLAVIN, FRANK STELLA, CARL ANDRE, BERNAR VENET. © Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Installation view of the Venet Foundation. Featuring works by ROBERT MORRIS, DAN FLAVIN, FRANK STELLA, CARL ANDRE, BERNAR VENET. © Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Installation view of the Venet Foundation, Le Muy. © Serge Demailly, La Cadière-d’Azur. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Installation view of the Venet Foundation, Le Muy. © Serge Demailly, La Cadière-d’Azur. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Installation view of the Venet Foundation. Featuring works by ROBERT MORRIS, DAN FLAVIN, FRANK STELLA, CARL ANDRE, BERNAR VENET. © Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Installation view of the Venet Foundation. Featuring works by ROBERT MORRIS, DAN FLAVIN, FRANK STELLA, CARL ANDRE, BERNAR VENET. © Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Stella Chapel. Built in June 2014 in the sculpture park of the Venet Foundation. © Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Stella Chapel. Built in June 2014 in the sculpture park of the Venet Foundation. © Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
BERNAR VENET, Le pont-tube. © Serge Demailly, La Cadière-d’Azur. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
BERNAR VENET, Le pont-tube. © Serge Demailly, La Cadière-d’Azur. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
DANIEL BUREN, Grille de Lecture: Rectoverso, Travail in Situ Fondation Venet, Le Muy, 2014. © DB-ADAGP, Paris & Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
DANIEL BUREN, Grille de Lecture: Rectoverso, Travail in Situ Fondation Venet, Le Muy, 2014. © DB-ADAGP, Paris & Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
BERNAR VENET (Installation view). Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
BERNAR VENET (Installation view). Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
BERNAR VENET, Disorder: 9 Uneven Angles, 2015. © Dan Bradica, New York. Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
BERNAR VENET, Disorder: 9 Uneven Angles, 2015. © Dan Bradica, New York. Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Stella Chapel. Built in June 2014 in the sculpture park of the Venet Foundation. © Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Stella Chapel. Built in June 2014 in the sculpture park of the Venet Foundation. © Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Stella Chapel. Built in June 2014 in the sculpture park of the Venet Foundation. © Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Stella Chapel. Built in June 2014 in the sculpture park of the Venet Foundation. © Jérôme Cavalière, Marseille. Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
SOL LEWITT, Horizontal Progression, 1991. © Pace Gallery, New York
SOL LEWITT, Horizontal Progression, 1991. © Pace Gallery, New York
JAMES TURRELL, Elliptic Ecliptic, 1999. Photo: Frédéric Chavaroche
JAMES TURRELL, Elliptic Ecliptic, 1999. Photo: Frédéric Chavaroche
TONY SMITH, Seed, 1968. © Serge Demailly, La Cadière-d'Azur
TONY SMITH, Seed, 1968. © Serge Demailly, La Cadière-d'Azur
JEAN TINGUELY, Dernière collaboration avec Yves Klein, 1988. Courtesy Tinguely Museum, Bâle, Suisse
JEAN TINGUELY, Dernière collaboration avec Yves Klein, 1988. Courtesy Tinguely Museum, Bâle, Suisse