Bernar Venet, Dispersion/ Arcs, 2020
Nov 21, 2020 – Feb 20, 2021
Von Bartha
Basel, Switzerland

Von Bartha is pleased to present TRAJECTORY featuring a series of paintings and new sculptures by French artist Bernar Venet in the gallery’s main hall, exploring the artist’s attraction to pure science as a subject for art.

French multidisciplinary artist Bernar Venet works across painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and performance. TRAJECTORY will feature a series of eight paintings and two new sculptures by the artist in the main hall of the gallery. An exploration of the artist’s concept of monosemy, the exhibition will feature a series of six recent paintings (2018–2020) which embody Venet’s commitment to self-referentiality. The artist is drawn to the beauty of the immediate simplicity and purity of a formula, and assigns no further meaning to the canvases that present these diagrams. This series harks back to Venet’s conceptual programme of work from the late 1960s when the artist began to incorporate mathematical and scientific texts and formulas into drawings, onto canvases, and in photographic blow-ups. TRAJECTORY will feature two paintings originating from this early era of the artist’s practice, which will be exhibited alongside the new series. TRAJECTORY will also feature two sculptures by Venet, Dispersion/Arcs, exhibited on plinths in the centre of the space, which continue the artist’s investigation into the mathematical and philosophical implications of the line as well as the dichotomy between order and chance.