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Daniel Buren

French Pavilion, Biennale

An international art biennial, a city like Venice, summertime, a pavilion in a park—this was the setting into which Daniel Buren placed his work. This context played a major role in the festive character of the work, and functioned as a background against which the intellectual concepts behind the work could materialize into sensual form. It was like a frame into which Buren put his "pictures,” using as his visual tool alternating stripes in various colors and materials. These in turn drew their own contextual web over the given setting, for Buren’s stripes, which he has been using for over 20 years, have become autonomous image-signs in their own right, gradually accruing a meaning and a connotative potential of their own that refer to their previous use and the original idea behind them. Put simply, two discrete structural principles, the stripes and the architectonics of the site, are

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