Daniel Buren

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

More than a year after the polemics that marked the important work conceived by Daniel Buren for the Cour d’honneur of the Palais-Royal here in Paris, and despite the recognition that he brought to the French pavilion at the last Biennale in Venice, his position in France remains paradoxical. Although Buren’s international reputation has long been firmly established, his work as a whole—often reduced to the cliché of stripes, which for the artist is nothing but a simple visual device—continues to be unknown in his own country, even though just about everyone is familiar with the name of the author of the striped columns at the Palais-Royal. This state of affairs began to change last fall after the Nouveau Musée in Villeurbanne invited Buren to create an exhibition that, although not a retrospective (obviously impossible in his case), would provide an overview of his work. “Comme lieu,

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