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Total Work of Art

Le Muy  |  France  | 

Total Work of Art

Since 2014, the Venet Foundation’s exhibitions are mounted in a unique location in the village of Le Muy (Var) in France.

Each year this unique property, set across some seventeen acres of the French countryside, offers visitors an original tour of a “total work of art” designed by one of the most famous French artists in the world, Bernar Venet, in collaboration with his wife Diane. The foundation is also an “exceptional mental studio” for Bernar and a unique setting for the monumental works in the collection by major artists of the last 50 years.

Created in 2014, the Venet Foundation aims to preserve the site in Le Muy, conserve its collection, and ensure that Bernar Venet’s work will continue to be presented in an ideal setting. The foundation is the culmination of sixty years of artistic creation and Bernar Venet’s encounters with an impressive roster of other major artists, French and foreign, who have become his friends; it is also the outcome of more than thirty years of intense work transforming the property at Le Muy into a “total work of art.” 

Discovered in the artist’s native Provence, the property in Le Muy is both the inspiration and a beautiful setting for the Venet Foundation’s exhibitions. The project of a lifetime, this exceptional seventeen-acre site where nature is omnipresent blends old, industrial, and contemporary architecture, a sculpture park, historical and recent pieces by the artist, and an extensive collection that is emblematic of minimal and conceptual art. Bernar Venet and his wife Diane wish to share their passion with a broader public, one that is able to sense the magic of this unique place and the incredible concentration of creative energies in works by Bernar and the fellow artists in his collection. 

This summer, the factory and its extension will play host to two sculptures by Bernar Venet – thus far unknown to the public. The first piece is a Straight Line of 17 meters in length, leaning on a large cube. The second work, composed of 18 arcs, each one 5 meters in diameter, is presented in the form of a very unstable stack. It may be similar to the disordered Collapse sculptures, but its precarious verticality gives the impression that it is being shown here as the stage preceding the fall of the arcs. A step that will certainly be proposed in the very near future.

For more insight into the Venet Foundation read this article by the Independent Collectors and this post by the BMW Art Guide.

Bernar Venet, 10 Acute Unequal Angles, 2021, Corten steel, 331 x 1120 x 740 cm ©Jerome Cavaliere ©Bernar Venet Studio
Bernar Venet, 10 Acute Unequal Angles, 2021, Corten steel, 331 x 1120 x 740 cm ©Jerome Cavaliere ©Bernar Venet Studio
Bernar Venet, Diagonal Line, 2020, Corten steel, L17m, © Bernar Venet, ADAGP, Paris 2022
Bernar Venet, Diagonal Line, 2020, Corten steel, L17m, © Bernar Venet, ADAGP, Paris 2022
Bernar Venet, Effondrement 24 Angles, 2017, Corten steel, Variable dimensions © Xinyi Hu Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Bernar Venet, Effondrement 24 Angles, 2017, Corten steel, Variable dimensions © Xinyi Hu Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Bernar Venet, The arc bridge © Serge Demailly, Courtesy Venet Foundation New-York
Bernar Venet, The arc bridge © Serge Demailly, Courtesy Venet Foundation New-York
Bernar Venet, Quatre lignes indéterminées, 2008 - 282 x 415 x 346 cm, Rolled steel © Xinyi Hu
Bernar Venet, Quatre lignes indéterminées, 2008 - 282 x 415 x 346 cm, Rolled steel © Xinyi Hu
Carl Andre, Fourth Piece of Nine 1983, Concrete, © Xinyi Hu, Courtesy Venet Foundation New York
Carl Andre, Fourth Piece of Nine 1983, Concrete, © Xinyi Hu, Courtesy Venet Foundation New York
Carlos Cruz-Diez, Environnement de Transchromie circulaire, 1965-2017 © Jérôme Cavalière Courtesy Venet Foundation
Carlos Cruz-Diez, Environnement de Transchromie circulaire, 1965-2017 © Jérôme Cavalière Courtesy Venet Foundation
Larry Bell, Something Green 2017, Laminated glass, 244x244X1219 cm © Xinyi Hu Courtesy Venet Foundation New York
Larry Bell, Something Green 2017, Laminated glass, 244x244X1219 cm © Xinyi Hu Courtesy Venet Foundation New York
Bernar Venet, 11 Acute Unequal Angles, 2016, Corten steel, 510 x 940 x 220 cm © Bernar Venet, ADAGP, Paris, 2022
Bernar Venet, 11 Acute Unequal Angles, 2016, Corten steel, 510 x 940 x 220 cm © Bernar Venet, ADAGP, Paris, 2022
Arman, Dechaines, 1991, Anchor chains 326x145x62 cm © Jonty Wilde, Holmfirth, Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Arman, Dechaines, 1991, Anchor chains 326x145x62 cm © Jonty Wilde, Holmfirth, Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
James Turrell, Elliptic Ecliptic, 1999 © Xinyi Hu Courtesy Venet Foundation
James Turrell, Elliptic Ecliptic, 1999 © Xinyi Hu Courtesy Venet Foundation
Frank Stella, Stella Chapel, 2014, Interior view © Antoine Baralhe, Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Frank Stella, Stella Chapel, 2014, Interior view © Antoine Baralhe, Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Phillip King, Slant red, 1966, Painted steel © Jerome Cavaliere, Courtesy of the artist and the Venet Collection
Phillip King, Slant red, 1966, Painted steel © Jerome Cavaliere, Courtesy of the artist and the Venet Collection
Richard Deacon, Smile, 1992, Welded stainless steel © Jerome Cavaliere Courtesy Venet Foundation
Richard Deacon, Smile, 1992, Welded stainless steel © Jerome Cavaliere Courtesy Venet Foundation
Robert Morris Labyrinth © Jonty Wilde, Holmfirth, Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet,Robert Morris Labyrinth © Xinyi Hu, 2017, Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Robert Morris Labyrinth © Jonty Wilde, Holmfirth, Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet,Robert Morris Labyrinth © Xinyi Hu, 2017, Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Waterfall along the Nartuby River, and Arc Bridge by Bernar Venet © Serge Demailly, © Bernar Venet, ADAGP, Paris 2022
Waterfall along the Nartuby River, and Arc Bridge by Bernar Venet © Serge Demailly, © Bernar Venet, ADAGP, Paris 2022
Robert Morris, Wheels II, 1963-1988, Corten steel and Sol LeWitt, Horizontal Progression 1991, Concrete © Courtesy Venet Foundation
Robert Morris, Wheels II, 1963-1988, Corten steel and Sol LeWitt, Horizontal Progression 1991, Concrete © Courtesy Venet Foundation
Sculpture Park with Larry Bell and Tony Smith © Xinyi Hu, Courtesy Venet Foundation New York
Sculpture Park with Larry Bell and Tony Smith © Xinyi Hu, Courtesy Venet Foundation New York
Sir Anthony Caro, Skimmer Flat, 1974, Rusted and varnished steel © Jonty Wilde, Holmfirth Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Sir Anthony Caro, Skimmer Flat, 1974, Rusted and varnished steel © Jonty Wilde, Holmfirth Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
The Gallery, with Bernar Venet’s 74.3° Diagonal, 2006 © Jérôme Cavalière © Bernar Venet, ADAGP, Paris 2022
The Gallery, with Bernar Venet’s 74.3° Diagonal, 2006 © Jérôme Cavalière © Bernar Venet, ADAGP, Paris 2022
Bernar Venet, 14 Acute Unequal Angles, 2018, Corten steel, 818x820X420 cm, Collection Venet Foundation, © Jonty Wilde, Holmfirth Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Bernar Venet, 14 Acute Unequal Angles, 2018, Corten steel, 818x820X420 cm, Collection Venet Foundation, © Jonty Wilde, Holmfirth Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
Bernar Venet, 85.5Arc x 23, 2015, Corten steel, H 785 cm, Collection Venet Foundation © Xinyi Hu
Bernar Venet, 85.5Arc x 23, 2015, Corten steel, H 785 cm, Collection Venet Foundation © Xinyi Hu
Tony Smith, Maze, 1967, Black painted steel
Tony Smith, Maze, 1967, Black painted steel
Tony Smith, Seed, 1968, Painted steel © Xinyi Hu
Tony Smith, Seed, 1968, Painted steel © Xinyi Hu
Venet Foundation, Stella Chapel, Constructed in June 2014 in the sculpture park of the Venet Foundation © Antoine Baralhe, New York
Venet Foundation, Stella Chapel, Constructed in June 2014 in the sculpture park of the Venet Foundation © Antoine Baralhe, New York
View of sculpture park, Courtesy of Venet Foundation
View of sculpture park, Courtesy of Venet Foundation
View of the Nartuby with 86.5o Arc x 8, 2006, Steel © Photo Archives Bernar Venet, New York
View of the Nartuby with 86.5o Arc x 8, 2006, Steel © Photo Archives Bernar Venet, New York
View of the sculpture park at the Venet Foundation, Le Muy France © Photo Archives Bernar Venet New York
View of the sculpture park at the Venet Foundation, Le Muy France © Photo Archives Bernar Venet New York
View of the sculpture park with wsorks by Robert Morris and Bernar Venet. © Jerome Cavalière, Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York
View of the sculpture park with wsorks by Robert Morris and Bernar Venet. © Jerome Cavalière, Courtesy Archives Bernar Venet, New York

All images courtesy of the Venet Foundation.