Daniel Buren, Écho d'échos: From Above, Work <i>in situ</i>

ExhibitionsDaniel Buren, Écho d'échos: From Above, Work in situ

Until 2014

Locations : Balcony of Galerie 3
Category : Exhibitions
Public : All ages

As an extension of his exhibition “Échos, works in situ, 2011”, presented from May to September 2011 in Galerie 3, Daniel Buren has created a new monumental work, Écho d’échos: From Above, work in situ.

The artist imagined a project reusing the mirrors that made up his previous proposal, Échos, Works in situ. This work offers a dialogue with the view of Metz and its cathedral, which can be seen from Galerie 3. Framed by the architects, this emblematic view of the city was taken and multiplied using mirrors that covered the gallery’s walls. The resulting fragmented view produced by the reflections was then framed by the artist’s famous “visual tool” – his 8.7cm-wide, alternating white and coloured stripes.

In Écho d’échos: From Above, the mirror becomes the template for a new piece, highlighting and magnifying the larch and spruce wood structure, one of the key elements in the building designed by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines. Made of 1600 pieces of curved wood and covered by a Teflon-fibreglass membrane, this architectural feat seems to close in on itself within this frame of mirrors.

A publication entitled "Daniel Buren, Travaux in situ" is on sale in the Flammarion bookshop at the Centre Pompidou-Metz (22.90 Euros). This work is the result of a close cooperation between the artist, the Centre Pompidou-Metz and the Mudam Luxembourg, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean.


In 2010, the Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean and the Centre Pompidou-Metz invited Daniel Buren to imagine a site-specific project for each of their spaces. Thus providing visitors the opportunity to first discover “Architecture, contre-architecture : transposition, travail in situ” in the Grand Hall of the Mudam from 9 October 2010 to 22 May 2011, followed by “Échos, travaux in situ” in Galerie 3 of the Centre Pompidou-Metz and, lastly, “Écho d’Échos : Vues plongeantes, travail in situ”.


These exhibitions created an experience of space in which the works centre on the subjectivity of the gaze, the movements of visitors and the environment in which they are inscribed. Quite unusual for Buren’s interventions, the experience here is also temporal. At both the Mudam and the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the passing hours, days and seasons constantly inflect the works, providing visitors with a renewed experience each time.


These ephemeral projects have been brought together in a more enduring space, that of a book. Three series of photographs were specially commissioned from Eric Chenal and Rémi Villaggi for this publication.