Bernard Aubertin

Biography

Picture Bernard Aubertin

Bernard Aubertin was born in Fontenay-aux-Roses in 1934. He studied at the State School of Decorating, a self-taught approaches to Cubism and Futurism until 1957, when he meets Yves Klein in Montparnasse. Following this knowledge, especially important for him, Aubertin is tending towards the red monochrome painting. His research is characterized by this moment with the red which becomes a main element of his artistic career as a color able to reflect the idea of blood, of fire, that can also allows, at the same time, something of a depersonalization of the art and a "technique of anonymity". The lack of satisfaction found in the context of Paris, pushes Bernard Aubertin towards the German environment where he contributes to the adventure of the Dusseldorf Zero Group founded by Mack, Piene and Uecker and where he finds his artistic achievement. In the decades after the artist experiments and its artistic evolves conception through the "Tableaux-clouds" (quadrichiodi) throughout the years '60, to leave more space subsequently to the Tableau-feu with which marks the transition to the ephemeral; the framework, consisting of matches, lights up with live and real flame. The series of the "Livres Brules" took shape in 1962 when his arsonist activity was extended to the pages of books, often very relevant from the cultural point of view. Another turning point was in 1969 with the "Avalanches": Aubertin elaborates the principle of the hourglass, but inside there are sand, nails, or water ash. In the '70s his work began to spread throughout the Italian territory. Then follows a pause of roughly ten years with very few artworks. To this period  follows a full time production with "Nails-framework" and the monochromes and from the '90 till now he exhibits in America as well as throughout Europe and especially France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Italy. To understand his philosophy are reported below, some of his statements that specify clearly his artistic thought: "The artist who invents, in other words he stops the space-time in order to appropriate it and giving it back later to the public. The theories of objectivity and its materials consequences, namely the works, appear sooner or later impregnated of the subjectivity of their authors. These theories are part of the modernity for a reason: the creator, in his work, tends inevitably to the extension of his own living space, exploring the world, within his time, and in future centuries. That's why is possible to talk, about an artist, of a tendency to expand his ideas and his works. From a long time, art takes to the streets, according to the linguistic expression of the critics, and achieved an influence in all directions in society: but the art continues to separate the private from the public. ... I believe that a type of pseudo-realist art, and so prosaic, has spread ... The content of this art is the accusation, complaint, demonstration, pedagogy; the formulation is journalistic. And more, the prosaic invalidates the feeling of reality. Today's society requires a so realistic art which appreciates ... those who practice. If it 's clear that the interpretation of reality is unbearable, it is equally certain that we need to work on concrete, we must, in my view, maintain the ideal of art: the experimentation, the infinite field of the investigation. Now, this art, saying about itself "to be realistic", has the defect of being deprived of the chance to be sperimental: above all, no testing seems to be the message conveyed. This ascertainment means that the time is totally lacking in political content. The art given to the people is just for read, not to look at, to contemplate. It is not awaken the desire to research... I think that an art of research, where borns the discovery, builds the progress of humanity: in this sense, art and' a political act antidemagogico. I was 26 years old when I conceived the tableaux-FEAU ... I tried to focus the senses and the spirituality from which our society is pushed off; the tableaux-FEAU have the essential virtue not to separate the private from the public, to be voluntarily designed for the public. To be more clear: at a higher level of thought eliminates the association "Tableau-feu = Feu the tableau". For me the use of red as symbol of life energy, gives me the means to steal ... the nonsense now attributed to the color. In my work monochromatic red all psychology inherent in the traditional conception of the framework (Composition, contrast colored surfaces, forms) is replaced by lyrical obsession of a single color. Is the value of this color, I am interested precisely define its importance. It means this: the technique of destruction of the surface, joint to the color red (which meaning is symbolic), allows you to translate plastically the dynamic sensation. Painting in red is an absolute necessity."

Solo exhibitions (selected):

1962
Galerie Wulfengasse 14, Klagenfurt, (Germany)

1964
Galerie Weiller, Paris, (France)

1967
Galerie Weiller, Paris, (France)
Galerie M.E. Thelen, Essen, (Germany)

1968
Galerie Riquelme, Paris, (France)
Maison Des Quatre Vents, Paris, (France)
Kleine Galerie, E.V., Frankfurt Am Main, (Germany)

1969
Galerie Senatore, Stuttgart, (Germany)

1971
Galerie Ursula Lichter, Frankfurt Am Main, (Germany)

1972
Centre National d'art Contemporain, Paris, (France)

1973
Musee De L'Abbaye Sainte-Croix Des Sables- D'Olonne, Vendee, (France)
Galerie Toni Brechbuhl, Grechen, (Swiss)
Galerie Seebacher, Bludenz-Nuziders, Vorarlberg, (Austria)

1974
Studio Brescia, Brescia, (Italy)
Studio F 22, Palazzolo, (Italy)
Galerie 2, Stuttgart, (Germany)
Galerie Banco, Brescia, (Italy)
Studio Firenze, Florence, (Italy)
Galerie Dei Mille, Bergamo, (Italy)
Galerie Salo, Salo, (Italy)
Galerie Delta, Salerno, (Italy)

1975
Galleria Il Punto, Torino, (Italy)
Studio Brescia, Brescia, (Italy)
Galerie Il Canale, Venice, (Italy)

1977
Galerie Rebus, Florence, (Italy)

1978
Palazzetto Dello Sport, Abano Terme, Città Di Abano Terme (Italy)
Galerie 44, Kaarst By Dùsseldorf, (Germany)

1979
Galerie Weiller, Paris, (France)

1983
Galerie J & J Donguy, Paris, (France)
Galerie Toni Brechbuhl, Grenchen, (Swiss)

1986
Galerie Charley Chevalier, Paris, (France)

1987
Galerie Beatrix Wilhelm, Stuttgart, (Germany)

1988
Galerie Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris, (France)
Stiftung tur Konkrete Kunst, Archiv. Reutlingen, (Germany)

1989
Galerie Schoeller, Dùsseldorf, (Germany)
Galerie Oscar Ascanio, Caracas, (Venezuela)

1990
Galerie Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris, (France)
Galleria Vinciano, Milano, (Italy)
Galerie Jousse Seguin, Paris, (France)

1991
Kunsthaus Shaller, Stuttgart, (Germany)
Galerie Wack, Kaiserslautern, (Germany)
Galerie Von Braunbehrens, Mùnchen, (Germany)
Domus Jani, Verona, (Italy)

1993
Galerie Jousse Seguin, Paris, (France)
Stiftung Fur Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, (Germany)

1994
Galerie Gudrun Spielvogel, Mùnchen, (Germany)
Espace De L'ALI Concret, Mouans-Sartoux, (France)

1995
Stiftung FOr Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, (Germany)

1996
lnstitut Francais De Cologne, (Germany)
Galerie Schoeller, Dùsseldorf, (Germany)
Galerie A, Amsterdam, (Netherlands)

1997
Stiftung FOr Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, (Germany)
Ludwig Museum Im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, (Germany)

1998
Stiftung Fùr Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, (Germany)
Galerie Durhammer, Frankfurt Am Main, (Germany)

1999
Stiftung FOr Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, (Germany)

2000
Galerie Wack, Kaiserslautern, (Germany)
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Koln, (Germany)

2001
Stiftung FOr Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, (Germany)
Galerie Konstruktiv Tendens, Stockholm, (Sweden)
Stiftung Fùr Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, (Germany)
Musee Des Beux-Arts, Dijon, (France)
Associazione culturale aerea Brescia, (Italy)
Centre D'ALI Contemporain Bouvet Ladubay, Saumur, (France)2002
Galerie Scholler Dùsseldorf, (Germany)
Galleria Cidacarte, Brescia, (Italy)

2003
Galerie Arlette Gimaray, Paris, (France)

2004
Stiftung FOr Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen,(Germany)

2005
Stiftung FOr Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen,(Germany)

2006
Galleria Cidacarte Brescia, (Italy)
Galerie Jean Broly Paris (France)
Museum Kunst Palast Dùsseldorf, (Gerrnany)
Musee D'ALI Moderne Saint-Etienne, (France)

2007
Galleria WackKauserslautern, (Germany)
Galleria Proposte D'Arte Contempornea Pietrasanta, Lucca (Italy)
XXVI Edizione Molo ALI Film Festival, Treviso (Italy)
ARTantide.com, Verona, (Italy)

2008
Galleria Rosenberg, Milano, (Italy)

2009
Galerie De Rijk, Den Haag (Holland)
Stiftung For Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen (Germany)

2010
Galleria Rosenberg, Milano, (Italy)
ARTantide.com, Verona, (Italy)

 

Joint exhibitions (selected):

1960
Galerie D'exposition de l'universitè de Caen, (France)
Galerie Le Soleil dans la téte, Paris, (France)

1961
Galerie Dato, Frankfurt am Main, (Germany)
Galerie A, Arnheim, (Netherlands)
Galeria Schmela, Dùsseldorf (Germany)
Galerie Wultengasse 14, Klagenfurt (Germany)
Galerie Orez, Den Haag (Netherlands)

1962
Galerie Sctiindler, Seme (Swisse)
Stedelijk, Museum, Amsterdam (Holland)
Galerie T'Venster, Rotterdam (Holland)
Salon de comparaisons, Paris (France)
Galerie Dorekens, Anversa, (Belgium)

1963
Galerie Amstel 47, Amsterdam (Holland)
Galerie Diogenes, Berlin (Germany)
Galerie D, Frankfurtam main (Germany)

1964
Galerie Delta, Rotterdam (Holland)
Jugendfestival Velp, (Netherlands)
Galerie Amstel 47, Amsterdam (Holland)
Galerie Weiller, Paris (France)

1965
Atelier di Dontana, Milano (Italy)
Galleria del Cavallino, Venezia (Italy)
Galleria Il Punto, Torino (Italy)
Galerie Actuel, Berna (Swisse)
Galerie 20, Arnheim
Galerie BIJ et Galerie Orez, Amsterdam (Holland)
Musee de Ceret (France)

1966
Galleria Il Segno, Roma (Italy)
Galerie associazione Zen, Brescia (Italy)
Galerie Hildebrand, Klagenfurt (Germany)
Galerie Bernhard, Solothurd'j (Swisse)
Galerie T'Venster, Rotterdam (Holland)
Galerie Al Veka, (Holland)
Eindhoven (Holland)
Galerie Orez, Den Haag (Netherlands)
Musee de Grenoble (France)
Zero, Canada (Usa)
Maison de la culture du havre, Le Havre (France)
Salon de Comparaisons, Paris (France)
Gelders Kunstcentrum Epok, Velp (Netherlands)
Galerie Actuel, Berne (Swisse)
Galerie BIJ, Amsterdam (Holland)

1967
Galerie Heseler, Munchen (Germany)
Galerie Hildebrand, Klagenfurt (Austria)
Destruction in art symposium, London (England)
George Washington Hotel, New-York (Usa)
Salon de Comparisons, Paris (France)
Marche experimental d'art, Paris (France)
Fiumalbo, Modena (Italy)

1968
Maison des quadre vents, Paris (France)
Maison de la culture, Grenoble (France)
Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, (France)
Public Eye, Kunsthalie, Amburgo, (Germany)

1969
Qbjekte und Bildreliefs, Staatsgalerie, Stoccarda, (Germany)
Galerie Ursula Lichter, Francoforte sul Meno, (Germany)
Salon dea realites nouvelles, Parigi, (France)
Espace Animation, Cercle Noroit, Arras, (France)
Tiroler Kunstpavillon, lnnsbruck, (Austria)
Galerie mi Haus Behr, Stoccarda, (Germany)
PaLais des Papes, Avignone, (France)
Galerie Scandinavia, Stoccolma, (Sweden)

1970
Galerie Weiller, Parigi, (France)
Galerie UrsuLa Lichter, Francoforte sul Meno, (Germany)
Peau de lion, Kunsthaus, Zurigo, (Swisse)
Galerie ME. Thelen, Essen, (Germany)
Galerie Denise Rene / Hans Mayer, Krefeld, (Germany)

1971
Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, (Germany)
Kontraste, Galerie Muller, Stoccarda, (Germany)

1972
Modem Ari Galerie, Berlino, (Germany)
Galerie Heseler, Monaco, (Germany)
Grand Palais, Parigi, (France)
Galerie Weiller, Parigi, (France)

1973
Staatsgalerie, Stoccarda, (Germany)
Sammlung Cremer Kunsthalle Tubingen, (Germany)

1974
Stadtische Galerie im stadelschen Kunstinstitut, Francoforte sul Meno, (Germany)

1976
Kunstmuseum, Olten, (Swisse)
Kunstmuseum, Bonn, (Germany)

1977
Documenta 6, Cassel, (Germany)

1978
Le Musee en tiroirs d'l-ierbert Distel, Kunsthaus, Zurigo, (Swisse)

1979
Kunsthaus, Zurigo, (Swisse)

1979-80
Koninklijk Museum voor schone Kunsten, Anversa, (Belgium)

1980
Edition-E Galerie, Monaco, (Germany)
Sammlung Hildebrand, Karntner Landesgalerie, Klagenfurt, (Germany)

1983
Galerie Au fond de la cour, Parigi, (France)

1984
Galerie Lohrl, Manchengladbach, (Germany)

1985
Salzburger Museum Carolino Augusteum, Salisburgo, (Austria)
Gaterie Weiller, Parigi, (France)

1986
Galerie Beatrix Wilhelm, Stoccarda, (Germany)
Frac Bourgogne, Digione, (France)

1987
Frac Bourgogne, Digione, (France)
Gaterie J & J Donguy, Parigi, (France)
Chapelle Saint-Louis de La Salpetrière, Parigi, (France)

1988
Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Monaco, (Germany)
Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, (Germany)
Stiftung fur konstruktive und konkrete Kunst, Zurigo, (Swisse)
Galerie Schoeller, Dusseldorf, (Germany)
Centre Georges Pompidou, Parigi, (France)
Musee d'ait contemporain, Lione, (France)
FNAC, Parigi, (France)
Collection Lenz Schbnberg, Fondacien Juan March, Madrid, (Spain)

1989
Galerie Gilbert, Brownstone & Cie, Parigi, (France)
Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst, Reuttingen, (Germany)

1990
III Internationale Biennale Papierkunst, Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Duren, (Germany)

1990-91
Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst, Reuttingen, (Germany)
Choteou de Mouons-Sartoux, (France)

1991
Galerie 1900-2000, Parigi, (France)
Espace de l'art concret, Chateou de Mouans-Sartoux, (France), con la collaborazione del Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, (Germany)
Museum des 20 Jahrhunderts, Vienna, (Austria)
Handelsbank Stuttgart eg Volksbank, (Germany)
Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, (Germany)
(Sammlung Lenz Schbnberg), Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck, (Austria)
Theospacio, Madrid, (Spain)

1991-92
Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, (Germany)

1992
Mise a feu, Galerie Thorigny, Parigi, (France)
Espace de l'ari concret, Mouans-Sortoux, (France)
Villa Zanders, Gladbach, (Germany)
Galerie Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Parigi, (France)
Galerie Bouvet-Ladubay Ari Concept, Saumur, (France)

1992-93
Espace de lati concret, Mouons-Sortoux, (France)

1993
Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst, Reuttingen, (Germany)
Espace de l'art concret, Mouons-Sortoux, (France)

1994
L'Hotel Bouhier de Savigny accueille le Frac, Digione, (France)

1994-95
Galerie Schoelle, Dusseldorf, (Germany)
Espace de l'ari concret, Mouons-Sortoux, (France)

1995-96
Espace de l'ari concret, Mouons-Sortoux, (France)

1998
Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst, Reuttingen, (Germany)
Galerie Gudrun Spievolgel, Monaco, (Germany)
Museum Sankt lngbert, Sankt lngbert, (Germany)

1997
Galerie Wack, Koisersloutern, (Germany)
Kunstmuseum, Heidenheim, (Germany)
Villa Merkel, Esslingen am Neckor, (Germany)

1998
Musee d'ari moderne et d'ari contemporain, Nizza, (France)
Espace de l'ari concret, Mouons-Sortoux, (France)
Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst, Reuttingen, (Germany)

1998-99
Espace de l'ari concret, Mouans-Sartoux, (France)
Kulturverein Zehntscheuer, Rottenburg am Neckar, (Germany)

1999
Galerie de la marine, Nizza, (France)
Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Coblenza, (Germany)

1999-00
Espace de l'ari concret, Mouans-Sarioux, (France)

2000
Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, (Germany)
Espace de l'ari concret, Mouans-Sarioux, (France)
Beispiele aus der Sammlung der Kreissparkasse Reutlingen, Reuttingen, (Germany)

2000-01
Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst, Reuttingen, (Germany)
Musee des beaux-arts, Digione, (France)

2001
Associazione culturale Aerea, Brescia, (Italy)
Centre d'ari contemporain Bouvet Laudubay, Saumur, (France)

2001 -02
Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst, Reuttingen, (Germany)

2002
Galerie Judith WaLker, Schloss Ebenau, Weizelsdorf, Rasental, (Austria)

2003
Galerie Wack, Kaiserslautern, (Germany)
Time Square Gallery, New York, (Usa)
Einblicke in die KunstsammLung des Landkreises Reutlingen, Reutlingen, (Germany)
Chapelle Sainte-Anne, Espace culturel, La Baule, (France)
Galerie Schoelter, Dusseldorf, (Germany)
The Norton Museum of Ari, West Palm Beach, (Usa)

2004
Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Duren, (Germany)
Espace de l'ari concret, Mouans-Sarioux, (France)

2005
Verband deutscher Papiertabriken, Bonn, (Germany)

2005-06
Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch, (Germany)
Espace de l'ari concret, Mouans-Sarioux, (France)

2006
Galerie Lausberg, Dusseldorf, (Germany)
Museum Kunst Palast, kulturzentrum Ehrenhof, Dusseldorf, (Germany)
Museum der Moderne, Salzbaurg Monchsberg, (Germany)
Galerie Wack, Kaiserslautern, (Germany)

2006-07
Musee d'ari moderne, Saint-Etienne, (France)

2007
Galerie Kunsthandel de Rijk, La llaye, (Netherlands)
Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch, (Germany)
Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, (Germany)
Galerie Stella & Vega, Brest, (France)

2007-08
Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, (Germany)

2008
Cave, Dijon, (France)
Galerie Judith Walker, Schloss Ebenau-Rosental (Austria)

2008-09
Espace de l'ari concret, Mouans-Sarioux, (France)

2009
Galerie Judith Walker, Schloss Ebenau-Rosental (Austria)
Galerie Kunsthandel de rijk, Den Haag, (Netherlands)
Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, (Germany)
Centre d'ari contemporain Frank Popper, Marcigny, (France)
L.A.C. Lieu d'ari contemporain, Hameau du lac (France)

For the latest exhibitions of the artist, please see the Appointments' Archive