With « Aux Beaux Carrés: travaux in situ », Daniel Buren is taking a bold gamble by playing with one of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche’s most iconic features: the glass roof at the heart of the department store. In front of the central escalator, the panes of the glass ceiling have inspired two enormous artworks made up of over 1,500 polycarbonate squares and pieces of vinyl, white on one side and pink on the other, which spread over the space and diffract the light, like an incredible 3D checkerboard. On rue de Sèvres, another checkerboard of white and coloured squares will run the entire length of the eight store windows.
On the second floor, two Cabanes éclatées, one yellow and one blue, invite visitors to enter and wander at will. These creations become a theatre for a spectacular immersive experience, thanks to the infinite reflections from the mirrors covering the walls. The space is thus transformed, acting as a giant kaleidoscope.
On the escalators, on the columns on rue de Sèvres and on the reversible canvas tote bag accompanying the exhibition, Daniel Buren has used his famous « visual tool »: alternating vertical stripes measuring 8.7 centimetres wide. The artist uses this signature motif in situ to reveal the unique features of different spaces. Today, those spaces are Le Bon Marché’s.
From 2 February, find the exhibition catalogue in store, which includes an exclusive interview between Daniel Buren and Anne Baldassari, curator and art historian.
For the very first time, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche is organising its Carte Blanche event in two parts.
Discover Act II of the exhibition « Aux Beaux Carrés: travaux in situ » from 29 June to 15 August 2024.