Bernar Venet

Bernar Venet

France 1941

Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, Abstract Art, Nouveau Réalisme

Bernar Venet
Bernar Venet
July 28, 2015
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Bernar Venet is a French conceptual artist, a pioneer of conceptual art in New York in the late 1960s. He is best known for his versatility in multiple mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, as well as stage design and musical composition.

Venet: An Early Life

Venet was born in a small village in the French Alps. He was brought up in Chateau-Arnoux-Saint-Auban in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur where he had a religious upbringing, aspiring to become a missionary.
As a child, he was often sick with asthma, leaving him unable to lead an active childhood. In school, he had a problem with vigorous expectations on academic subjects while, at the same time, he excelled in drawing and painting. With the help of a local artist, Venet began to explore art as he became interested in painting and drawing more and more each day. The book about Renoir was a turning point in his childhood – he was only 11 when he understood that he might be able to turn his talent and hobby into a real profession, even career. Same year Bernar is invited to exhibit in the Salon de Peinture Pechiney on Paris.
From 1955 to 1958, he studied at Ecole Libre and Groupe Scolaire Paul Lapie; and then, in 1959, Venet studied for a year at the Municipal Art School of Nice. Right after, he began working as a stage designer at Opera de Nice where he produced a highly stylized paintings described by himself as symbolic.

Venet’s Fetishist Works

In 1961, Venet joined the French Army where he converted an attic of the local army reception center to a studio. During this period, he painted with tar, creating art with coal. Venet called this style fetishist works, as he was creating on the floor, with his feet in a gestural style. Later, this has developed into a black monochromatic painting, adopting in time all forms of action painting. In some cases, he worked on a surface without leaving trace of his action, so the blank surface would become a work.

Coal Pile

In 1963, Venet has returned to Nice and opened a studio to continue his tar art, now also photographing coal and gravel piles. At this time, he created his first sculpture or better said sculptures, Coal Pile – piles of loosely arranged pieces of coal whose arrangement varied with each installation. Venet became well known for his amorphous installations made by piling up loose gravel, coal, or asphalt.

Bernar Venet - Coal Pile originating cc 1963
Bernar Venet – Coal Pile originating cc 1963

In 1964, Venet found a great deal of inspiration in works by Nouveaux Réalisme style artists. Venet began to make pieces out of used and discarded industrial material, such as flattened cardboard creating so called industrial paintings.

Venet and New York: Minimalistic Influence

On his first trip to New York, Venet was amazed and influenced by the Minimalist artwork he saw in galleries and while encountering Minimalist artists such as Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt. He was stunned by the formal restraint of those works.

Bernar Venet - Blueprint for tube he sent when invited at exhibition of the Céret Museum in the Pyrenees, 1966
Bernar Venet – Blueprint for tube he sent when invited at exhibition of the Céret Museum in the Pyrenees, 1966

When he returned to Nice, Venet began to work on mono-semiotic works and diagrams, while at the same time he was composing, choreographing and creating costumes and designs for Jean-Louis Martinoty’s production of the ballet Graduation, a ballet performed on a vertical surface. Soon after, in 1967, Venet definitely moved to New York.
When he was (in 1966) invited to participate in an exhibition at the Céret Museum in the Pyrenees, Venet simply sent a blueprint of a tube instead of the tube itself.
“Nobody made a plan like this and presented it as a work of art, so I thought what if I present it as a work of art? Why make an object? Everybody makes objects. How about showing the information about an object, but not the object?”

Scientific Idea of Art

In the beginning of his life in NY, Venet has produced conceptual art that used systems, often based on scientific ideas – he collaborated with scientists from Columbia University and produced the non visual works on magnetic tape, as his focus was on content, not the visual characteristics of artworks.
In 1971, Venet decided to cease his artistic work to travel throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. He even taught art and art theory in Sorbonne, France, lecturing throughout Europe as well. At the time, retrospectives of his work were held at the Krefeld Museum, Germany, and New York Cultural Center, New York.

Venet’s Art on Pause

While pausing, Venet resumed his work based on mathematical systems, in paintings, wood reliefs, and sculpture as he wrote about conceptual art and his own work to the time. Upon the return to New York, he soon began his first piece of the series titled Angles and Arcs, a group of extremely restrained paintings of elementary geometrical figures.

Indeterminate Lines

In 1983 Seth Schneidman produced the film Bernar Venet 1983 in New York. Next year he held a first exhibition of Indeterminate Lines sculptures, a series based on randomly created lines, at Galerie Templon, Paris. Venet said about his sculptures:
“They are all about how metal resists. They are a test of strength—a battle between myself and the piece of metal.”

Bernar Venet - Three Indeterminate Lines, 2003
Bernar Venet – Three Indeterminate Lines, 2003

In the 1990s, Venet composed various musical compositions, such as Resonance and Sound. During this time, he had his first furniture exhibition at Galerie Mostra, Paris, and then Galerie Eric Van de Weghe in Brussels. In 2001, Assouline published Furniture, a book on all of his designs.

Venet: Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur

In 2000, he began a series of monumental wall paintings. At the time, Venet also created sound recordings, films (on film festival in Montreal Venet presented his film Acier Roulé XC-10), as well as furniture and stained glass.
In 2005, the artist was named Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, France’s highest decoration and next year, in 2006, Venet received the Robert Jacobsen prize for sculpture from the Würth Stiftung in Germany.
In 2007, his piece Saturation on the ceiling of the Cour des Comptes in Paris was inaugurated by President Jacques Chirac. In 2008, Sotheby’s invited for the first time a single artist, Venet, to present his work on the grounds of the Isleworth Country Club.
Continuing to evolve each day, Venet still works in many different mediums – sculpture, painting, photography, film, music composition, performance art and furniture design.

Bernar Venet lives in New York.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Nouvelles Estampes, Sculptures, PointsGalerie Pierre Alain Challier, Paris, FranceSolo
2015Bernar VenetGalerie Bernard Ceysson, LuxembourgSolo
2014Hypothèse du pointEspace Jacques Villeglé de Saint Gratien, Saint Gratien, FranceSolo
2014L'hypothèse de l'arcvon Bartha Garage, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
2014Bernar VenetGallery Hyundai, Seoul, South KoreaSolo
2013Sculptures in AucklandAuckland, New ZealandSolo
201384 ArcsDésordre jardins du Palais du Pharo, Marseille, FranceSolo
2013Paintings, Homage to Al KhawarizmiAbbazia di San Gregorio, Venice, ItalySolo
2013Les originesMusée Regards de Provence, Marseille, FranceSolo
2013Bernar VenetAce Gallery, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, CaliforniaSolo
2012Bernar VenetMücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, HungarySolo
2012Bernar VenetGow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New ZealandSolo
2012Monumental Sculpturesde Sarthe Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2012Paintings, 1967 to 2010de Sarthe Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2012Bernar VenetGalerie Forsblom, Helsinki, FinlandSolo
2012Bernar VenetArt Plural Gallery, SingaporeSolo
2011Bernar Venet in SugarlandOyster Creek Park, Sugar Land, TexasSolo
2011Bernar VenetSeoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South KoreaSolo
2011Bernar VenetLudwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, GermanySolo
2011Venet à VersaillesChâteau de Versailles, Château de Marly, FranceSolo
2011Bernar VenetFondation Poppy & Pierre Salinger, le Thor, FranceSolo
2011Bernar VenetMusée des Beaux Arts, Valenciennes, FranceSolo
2011Bernar Venet in FrankfurtJohann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
2011Bernar VenetHôtel des Arts, Toulon, FranceSolo
2011Bernar VenetVon Bartha Garage, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
2011Bernar VenetGalerie Pierre Alain Challier, Paris, FranceSolo
2010Bernar VenetHermann Park, Houston, Texas, in collaboration with Robert McClain GallerySolo
2010Bernar VenetGalerie Pièce Unique, Paris, FranceSolo
2010Bernar VenetInstitut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, SpainSolo
2010Homage to SalzburgSalzburg, AustriaSolo
2010Le monde de Bernar Venet, Venet in contextLes Abattoirs, Toulouse, FranceSolo
2010Bernar VenetWetterling Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2009Bernar VenetSchinkel Pavillon, in collaboration with Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, GermanySolo
2009Bernar VenetPalais des Beaux Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2009Bernar VenetArsenale Novissimo, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, ItalySolo
2009Bernar VenetGalerie Guy Pieters, Knokke Heist, BelgiumSolo
2008Bernar VenetSotheby's at Isleworth, Orlando, FloridaSolo
2008Bernar venetEaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FloridaSolo
2008Bernar VenetGalerie von Bartha, S Chanf, SwitzerlandSolo
2008Bernar venetForsblom Galerie, Helsinki, FinlandSolo
2008Bernar Venet in San DiegoCaliforniaSolo
2008Bernar VenetScott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CaliforniaSolo
2008Bernar venetKunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt, GermanySolo
2007Bernar VenetNational Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2007Bernar VenetArtcurial, Paris, FranceSolo
2007Bernar VenetSculptures in Bordeaux, FranceSolo
2007Bernar Venet, Sculptures in MetzFranceSolo
2007L'ArsenalMetz, FranceSolo
2007Bernar VenetCentre européen d'actions artistiques contemporaines, Strasbourg, FranceSolo
2007Bernar VenetWetterling Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2007Bernar VenetMuseum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, GermanySolo
2007Bernar VenetFischerplatz Galerie, Ulm, GermanySolo
2006Bernar VenetGary Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New ZealandSolo
2006Bernar VenetMuseum, Kunsthalle Würth, Künzelsau, GermanySolo
2006Bernar VenetRobischon Gallery, Denver, ColoradoSolo
2006Bernar VenetSculptures in Forest Park, St. Louis, MissouriSolo
2006Bernar VenetWilliam Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, MissouriSolo
2005Bernar VenetSculptures in Cergy Pontoise, FranceSolo
2005Bernar VenetCentre d'Art contemporain intercommunal d'Istres, FranceSolo
2005Autoportraits, Rencontres de la PhotographieMusée de l'ArlesSolo
2005SculpturesKnokke Heist, BelgiumSolo
2005Bernar VenetGuy Pieters Gallery, Knokke Heist, BelgiumSolo
2005Bernar VenetVancouver International Sculpture Biennale, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaSolo
2005Sculptures on the LoopChicago, IllinoisSolo
2005Bernar VenetCarrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IllinoisSolo
2005Bernar venetEvo Gallery, Santa Fe, New MexicoSolo
2005Bernar VenetEaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FloridaSolo
2004Bernar VenetSculptures in Liège, BelgiumSolo
2004Bernar venetGalerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, FranceSolo
2004Bernar VenetGalerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, GermanySolo
2004Bernar VenetFischerplatz Galerie, Ulm, GermanySolo
2004Bernar VenetRobert Miller Gallery, New YorkSolo
2004Bernar VenetJim Kempner Fine Art, New YorkSolo
2004Bernar VenetSculptures on Park Avenue, New YorkSolo
2004Bernar VenetMusée Sainte Croix, Poitiers, FranceSolo
2004Bernar VenetEvo Gallery, Santa Fe, New MexicoSolo
2004Sculptures in downtown Denver, ColoradoSolo
2003AutoportraitMusée d'Art moderne et d'Art contemporain (MAMAC), Nice, FranceSolo
2003SculpturePromenade des Anglais, MAMAC, Nice, FranceSolo
2003Equation SaturationGalerie des Ponchettes, MAMAC, Nice, FranceSolo
2003Bernar VenetStein Gallery, St. Louis, MissouriSolo
2003Bernar VenetGallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FloridaSolo
2003Bernar VenetSchloss Herberstein, St. Johann, AustriaSolo
2003Bernar VenetCentre d'art Patrick des Gachons, Fraïssé des Corbières, FranceSolo
2003Poésie and PerformanceEspace de l'Art Concret, Mouans Sartoux, FranceSolo
2003Sculptures in LuxembourgGalerie La Cité, LuxembourgSolo
2003Bernar Venet aux TuileriesJardin des Tuileries, Paris, FranceSolo
2003Bernar VenetGalerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, AllemagneSolo
2003Bernar VenetEnglische Kirche, Bad Homburg, AllemagneSolo
2003Bernar VenetChac Mool Gallery, West Hollywood, CaliforniaSolo
2003Bernar VenetEaton Fine Arts, West Palm Beach, FloridaSolo
2003Sculptures in Kennedy ParkMiami, FloridaSolo
2002Bernar venetGalerie Academia, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2002Bernar VenetGalerie Art of this Century, Paris, FranceSolo
2002Bernar venetPoetry and Performance, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FranceSolo
2002Bernar venetMusée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FranceSolo
2002Bernar venetLudwig Museum, Koblenz, GermanySolo
2002Bernar venetThe Fields at Art OMI International Sculpture Park, Ghent, New YorkSolo
2002Bernar venetRobert Miller Gallery, New YorkSolo
2002Bernar VenetAnthony Grant, Inc., New YorkSolo
2002Bernar venetAtlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FloridaSolo
2001Bernar venetGalerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, FranceSolo
2001Bernar venetDorothy Blau Gallery, Bay Harbor Island, FloridaSolo
2001FurnitureGalerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris, FranceSolo
2001Bernar VenetGalerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, GermanySolo
2001Bernar venetGalerie Hans Mayer, Berlin, GermanySolo
2000Bernar venetEaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FloridaSolo
2000Bernar venetMuseu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janiero, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSolo
2000Bernar venetCentre d'Art Contemporain Georges Pompidou, Cajarc, FranceSolo
2000Bernar venetSalle des Ecritures, Figeac, FranceSolo
2000Bernar venetTeatro Nacional de Brasília, BrazilSolo
2000Bernar venetMusée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Geneva (MAMCO), SwitzerlandSolo
2000 Bernar venetGalerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki, FinlandSolo
2000Bernar venetMuseu Brasileiro da Escultura, São Paulo, BrazilSolo
1999Bernar VenetCentro Cultural de Recoleta, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSolo
1999Improvisé Inachevé Non FormuléMücsarnok, Budapest, HungarySolo
1999Kunst im BethmannhofGalerie Scheffel, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
1999Art AffairsAmsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
1999Bernar venetMusée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (MAMCO), Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
1999Bernar VenetKonstructiv Tendens, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
1998Bernar VenetMusée d'Art Moderne de St. Étienne, St. Étienne, FranceSolo
1998Venet in SchutzenmattparkBasel, SwitzerlandSolo
1998Bernar VenetGalleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, ItalySolo
1998Bernar VenetGalleria Karsten Greve, Milan, ItalySolo
1998Bernar venetGalleria Persano, Torino, ItalySolo
1998Bernar VenetCentre Culturel Français, Torino, ItalySolo
1998Bernar venetChac Mool Contemporary Fine Art, West Hollywood, CaliforniaSolo
1997Bernar venetMusée de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble, FranceSolo
1997Bernar venetLe Nouveau Musée, Institut de Villeurbanne, Lyon, FranceSolo
1997Bernar venetGalerie Karsten Greve, Milan, ItalySolo
1997Bernar venetMusée du Québec, Québec, CanadaSolo
1997Bernar VenetGallery Hyundai, Seoul, KoreaSolo
1997Venet in GenevaGolf Club du Domaine Imperial, Gland, SwitzerlandSolo
1997Art & PublicGalerie Pierre Huber, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
1997Bernar venetLipworth Hartman International Fine Art, Boca Raton, FloridaSolo
1996Bernar venetLipworth Hartman International Fine Art, Boca Raton, FloridaSolo
1996Venet on Avenue Franklin RooseveltBrussels, BelgiumSolo
1996Bernar venetGalerie Karsten Greve, Paris, FranceSolo
1996Bernar venetEspace Fortant de France, Sète, FranceSolo
1996Bernar venetGalerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, GermanySolo
1996Venet on the RheingartenCologne, GermanySolo
1995Bernar venetHong Kong Museum of Art, Kowloon, Hong KongSolo
1995Bernar venetAlisan Fine Arts, Kowloon, Hong KongSolo
1995Bernar venetShanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, ChinaSolo
1995Bernar venetGalerie Karsten Greve, Paris FIAC, FranceSolo
1995Trajectoires divergentesLa Lune en Parachute, Epinal, FranceSolo
1994Bernar venetMuseo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Bogotá, ColombiaSolo
1994Bernar VenetGaleria Tovar & Tovar, Bogotá, ColombiaSolo
1994Venet on the Champ de MarsParis, FranceSolo
1994Bernar VenetTotal Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, KoreaSolo
1994Bernar VenetGallery Hyundai, Seoul, KoreaSolo
1994Bernar VenetBoca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FloridaSolo
1993Bernar VenetGalerie Jacqueline Moussion, Mobilier Sculptural, Paris, FranceSolo
1993Bernar VenetMusée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice, FranceSolo
1993Bernar VenetWilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, GermanySolo
1993Bernar VenetAndré Emmerich Gallery, New YorkSolo
1993Bernar VenetAtelier 340, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
1992Bernar VenetStudio Oggetto, Milan, ItalySolo
1992Bernar VenetGallery 360°, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1992Bernar VenetPerson's Weekend Museum, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1991Bernar VenetFred Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaSolo
1991Bernar VenetGalerie Bjorn Ressle, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
1991Bernar VenetGalerie Eric Van de Weghe, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
1991Bernar VenetBrent Sikkema Fine Arts, Black, Black and Black, (photography) , New YorkSolo
1991Bernar VenetGaleria Oscar Ascanio, Caracas, VenezuelaSolo
1991Bernar VenetVrej Baghoomian Gallery, New YorkSolo
1991Bernar VenetGaleria Theo, Barcelona, SpainSolo
1991Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FranceSolo
1990Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, La ligne à vif (performance), Paris, FranceSolo
1990Bernar VenetVrej Baghoomian Gallery, New YorkSolo
1990Bernar VenetCastelli Gallery, New YorkSolo
1990Bernar venetGalerie Pierre Huber, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
1990Bernar VenetTheospacio, Madrid, SpainSolo
1989Bernar VenetGalerie Van de Velde, Anvers, BelgiumSolo
1989Bernar VenetGalerie Elisabeth Franck, Knokke le Zoute, BelgiumSolo
1989Bernar VenetGalerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, GermanySolo
1989Bernar VenetRonald Greenberg Gallery, Saint Louis, MissouriSolo
1989Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FranceSolo
1989Bernar VenetCentre d'art contemporain, Noir Noir 1963, (photography), Troyes, FranceSolo
1988Graduation (contemporary ballet)Opéra de Paris, Salle Favart, Paris, FranceGroup
1988Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Chicago International Art Exhibition, Chicago, IllinoisSolo
1988Bernar VenetDaniel Templon, Galerie Une, Paris, FranceSolo
1988Bernar VenetDaniel Templon, Galerie Deux, Paris, FranceSolo
1988Bernar VenetGalerie Michèle Chomette, Noir, Noir, Photos 1963, Paris, FranceSolo
1988Bernar VenetCantor Lemberg Gallery, Birmingham, MichiganSolo
1988Bernar VenetGalleria Primo Piano, Rome, ItalySolo
1987Bernar VenetGalerie Pierre Huber, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
1987Bernar VenetQuadrat Museum, Moderna Gallery, Bottrop, GermanySolo
1987Bernar VenetWenger Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaSolo
1987Bernar VenetCastelli Uptown, New YorkSolo
1986Bernar VenetCastelli Uptown, New YorkSolo
1986Bernar VenetGalerie Elisabeth Franck, Knokke le Zoute, BelgiumSolo
1986Bernar VenetDaniel Templon, Galerie Une, Paris, FranceSolo
1986Bernar VenetDaniel Templon, Galerie Deux, Paris, FranceSolo
1985Bernar VenetGalerie Denise René, Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, GermanySolo
1985Bernar Venetusée Départemental des Vosges, Épinal, FranceSolo
1985Bernar VenetGalerie Littmann, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
1984Bernar VenetMusée Sainte Croix, Poitiers, FranceSolo
1984Bernar VenetStudio Marconi, Milan, ItalySolo
1984Show with Dan GrahamMarianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IllinoisSolo
1984Bernar VenetCentre d'art contemporain de Châteauroux, Châteauroux, FranceSolo
1984Bernar VenetGalerie Denise René, Hans Mayer, Basel Art Fair, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
1984ARCAMarseille, FranceSolo
1984Bernar VenetMusée d'Art Moderne, Villeneuve d'Ascq, FranceSolo
1984Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FranceSolo
1982Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FranceSolo
1982Bernar VenetThe Bonlow Gallery, New YorkSolo
1982Bernar VenetMalinda Wyatt Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaSolo
1981Bernar VenetGalerie Denise René, Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, GermanySolo
1979Venet at ARCO Center for Visual ArtsLos Angeles, CaliforniaSolo
1979Bernar VenetHal Bromm Gallery, New YorkSolo
1979Bernar VenetMarianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IllinoisSolo
1979Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FranceSolo
1978Bernar VenetSpecial Project at PS1, Long Island City, New YorkSolo
1978Bernar VenetGalerie Denise René, Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, GermanySolo
1977Bernar VenetBruno Bischofberger Gallery, Zürich, SwitzerlandSolo
1977Bernar VenetMusée d'Art et d'industie, Saint Étienne, FranceSolo
1977Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FranceSolo
1977Bernar VenetGalerie Nancy Gillespie, Elizabeth de Laage, Paris, FranceSolo
1977Bernar VenetSonja Hennie, Niels Onstad Foundation, Hovikodden, NorwaySolo
1977Bernar VenetGalerie Denise René, Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, GermanySolo
1976Bernar VenetHopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New HampshireSolo
1976Bernar VenetLa Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CaliforniaSolo
1975Bernar VenetGalerie Hetzler + Keller, Stuttgart, GermanySolo
1975Bernar VenetGalleria Nuovi Strumenti Arte Contemporanea, Brescia, ItalySolo
1975XIIIth BiennaleSão Paulo, BrazilSolo
1975Bernar VenetMuseum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSolo
1975Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FranceSolo
1975Bernar VenetInstitute of Contemporary Arts, London, Great BritainSolo
1974Bernar VenetGalleria la Seconda Scala, Rome, ItalySolo
1974Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FranceSolo
1974Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Milan, ItalySolo
1973Bernar VenetFoksal psp Gallery, Warsaw, PolandSolo
1972Bernar VenetBruno Bischofberger Gallery, Zürich, SwitzerlandSolo
1972Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FranceSolo
1972Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Milan, ItalySolo
1971Bernar VenetGalerie Der Spiegel, Cologne, GermanySolo
1971Bernar VenetX One Gallery, Anvers, BelgiumSolo
1971Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FranceSolo
1971Bernar VenetGalerie Daniel Templon, Milan, ItalySolo
1971Bernar VenetNew York Cultural Center (Retrospective), New YorkSolo
1970Bernar VenetO.K. Harris Gallery, New YorkSolo
1970Bernar VenetMuseum Haus Lange, Krefeld, GermanySolo
1970Bernar VenetKunsthaus, Hamburg, GermanySolo
1970Bernar VenetStudio Santandrea, Milan, ItalySolo
1970Denise René Hans Mayer Editions, Düsseldorf, GermanySolo
1969Bernar VenetNewark College of Engineering, Newark, New JerseySolo
1968Bernar VenetJudson Church Theater, Relativity's Track (performance), New YorkSolo
1966Bernar VenetGalerie Jacques Matarasso, Nice, FranceSolo
1964Bernar VenetGalerie Ursula Girardon, Paris, FranceSolo