Until July 10, 2021, Bernar Venet is exhibiting at the Fleury gallery, 36 avenue Matignon in Paris.
Well known for his steel sculptures, Bernar Venet is also the author of one of the most beautiful Art Cars ever made. The artist had been commissioned by the Rubell Family Collection to work on a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport. The result led to a volume that evolves in a gradation of orange rust to intense black, passing through mathematical equations according to a methodically controlled burst.
This is not his only encounter with the automotive world. Bernar Venet imagined in 1984 The185.4 ° Major Arc which remains one of his major works, but its realization has come up against struggles for political influence.
He describes his sculpture as follows: “It is actually two arches, which visually form one with a diameter of 75 meters, thus giving the illusion of an uninterrupted continuation under the motorway. The highest side rises to 54 meters, while the other rises to around 20 meters ”.
The sculpture was initially to be installed in Laduz in the Yonne, on either side of the A6 motorway. In 2007, it was planned to place it on the Lorraine-Burgundy motorway, near the Thionville-Porte de France rest area.
The red tape got the better of the Arc Majeur which was finally positioned in Belgium, near Namur, in October 2019. So is cultural life in France.