17 January 2024
The Weekly

Daniel Buren is the ninth artist invited as part of the January carte blanche offered by Le Bon Marché in homage to its ‘white month’, launched in January 1872 by Aristide and Marguerite Boucicaut, founders of the Grand Magasin. Since 2016, Le Bon Marché has been honouring contemporary art by inviting artists of international stature such as Ai Weiwei, Joana Vasconcelos, Prune Nourry and Subodh Gupta. Famous for his alternately white and coloured vertical bands, the internationally recognized French artist explores the notion of work in situ, an artistic practice which designs the work according to the site which hosts it and which tends to transform it. With the exhibition Aux Beaux Carrés, works on site, it is a walk based on a play of shapes, movements, colours and lights. Unusually in two acts, the exhibition plays with the square inspired by the glass tiles of Bon Marché. This play of shapes, movements, colors and lights, on a very large scale – which begins with Act I from January 9 to February 18. After the first act in January, the artist will imagine a sequel, a second act on the 29th from June 15 to August 15 during which he will offer new pieces around the square. From outside the store, the tone is set: the eight windows on rue de Sèvres display colourful checkerboards, always made up of squares of around fifty centimetres.