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Ben Vautier

 (born 1935)
Ben Vautier is active/lives in France, Italy.  Ben Vautier is known for Fluxus-Art, mail-art, text based painting.

Biography   Ben Vautier


Ben Vautier (born on July 18, 1935 in Naples, Italy), also known simply as Ben, is a French artist. He lives and works in Nice, where he ran a record shop called Magazin between 1958 and 1973. He discovered Yves Klein and the Nouveau Réalisme* in the 1950s, but he became quickly interested in the French Dada* artist Marcel Duchamp, the music of John Cage and joined the Fluxus* artistic movement in the 1960s.

In 1959, Vautier founded the journal Ben Dieu.  In 1960, he had his first one-man show, Rien et tout in Laboratoire 32.

He is also active in Mail-Art* and is mostly known for his text-based paintings; an example of the latter is his work L'art est inutile. Rentrez chez vous (Art is Useless, Go Home).
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