Lives in Nice (FR), born in Naples (IT).
For more than four decades now French artist Ben Vautier has been operating under his emblematic given name "Ben". He signs off every single work of art with his equally recognizable signature, producing a series of language/sign paintings that have come to define the pseudo-infantilist aesthetic of the Fluxus movement of which he was a founding member. Ben’s ritualized, serial use of both signature and first name certainly aligns his work with that of contemporaries such as Marcel Broodthaers and Piero Manzoni, although his actual interest in the content of what is being written – mottoes, clipped sayings, epigrams, staunch statements, some by now semi-classic – imbues his work with a manifesto-like quality that was conspicuously absent from much Fluxus-inspired language art.
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Er is geen kultuur zonder...
Ben, Er is geen kultuur zonder avant-garde, 1987. Painting, acrylic, canvas, 100 x 100 cm.
Ben - akties | ideeën | h...
Ben, Ben - akties | ideeën | handelingen | fluxusconcert, 1972. Book, ink, paper, 29.6 x 21 cm, loose-leaf 80 p., language : Dutch, publisher : ICC/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen.
Er is geen taal zonder ku...
Ben, Er is geen taal zonder kultuur, 1987. Painting, acrylic, canvas, 100 x 100 cm.
Ben, acquisitions du Fond...
Ben, Ben, acquisitions du Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain du Nord-Pas-de-Calais et Appropriations, 1987. Book, ink, paper, 24 x 21 cm, 32 p., language: French, publisher : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais, Calais. Authors : Patrick Le Nouëne, Gérard Durozoï.
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EXTRA MUROS: Visite Arenb...
29 September 2012 - 20 June 2013.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA – in collaboration with LOCUS, the hub for libraries, cultural and community centres and local cult
EXTRA MUROS: Visite Herze...
03 April 2015 - 03 May 2015.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA - in collaboration with LOCUS, the nerve centre for libraries, cultural and community centres and l
A NON-U-MENTAL HISTORY OF...
11 September 2021 - 09 January 2022.
As part of an ongoing reflection on the origins and identity of the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA), a series of exhibitions bring
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"... They cannot be reduced. They’re not representable. The claim of the complexity of their design is irreducible. They never give the impre
Permanent Collection / F...
FROM FILLIOU TO BIJL: ART AS LIFE In the space adjacent to the lavatories, we present a number of artists from the collection who play wi