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Ben Vautier

Naples, Italy 1935

Ben, nickname of Benjamin Vautier, was born in Naples in 1935. He moved to Nice in 1949 where he still lives and works today.

Vautier is one of the initiators of the Fluxus movement, a group born between 1961 and 1962. The name derives from the Latin fluxus whose meaning is flux, a constantly changing current, without form or place. This phenomenon promotes a hybrid art, characterized not only by physical works but also by modern expressive capacities such as performances, films, design, happenings, literature, music concerts and festivals in order to make people understand the meeting points and the differences between art and daily life. 

Artist, performer, inventor of a new artistic language and great thinker, Vautier became famous for his deliberately provocative and innovative typographic characters where he questioned everyday life, society and art; he comes to do this after a long work on the concepts of the self, the ego (fragile and at the same time exaggerated) and the figure of the artist. According to him, art must be something new, original and modern that leads to a shock, a sort of challenge that allows the reader to question more aspects of existence.

His works are exhibited in the most important collections in the world such as the MoMA in New York, the MMK in Frankfurt or the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Ben Vautier

Pourquoi l’art?

1990

acrylic on canvas

130 x 160 cm

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