Daniel Buren has exhibited in some of the world’s leading contemporary art centres. Born in Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris) in 1938, he prefers to reduce his biography to a minimum, stating that he “lives and works in situ”.
Buren participated in Documenta Kassel in 1972 and in 1982. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennial more than ten times, in 1986 representing France and winning the Golden Lion for best pavilion. That same year, he produced his first and most controversial public commission, The Two Plateaux / Les Deux Plateaux, for the main courtyard of the Palais-Royal in Paris. In 2007, he received the prestigious Praemium Imperiale. In 2012 he exhibited at the Grand Palais in Paris, for the fifth edition of Monumenta. Sites playing host to some of his hundreds important permanent public works include: the Palais Royal, Paris; Tokyo Odaiba, Japan; Chapelle du Donjon, Vez, France; Bahnhof, Wolfsburg, Germany; Bundesministerium fur Arbeit und Sozialordnung, Berlin; Parc de la Cigalière, Sérignan, France; Telenor, Oslo; Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France; Puente de la Salve, Bilbao, Spain; Piazza Arnolfo di Cambio, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Italy; Villa La Magia, Quarrata, Italy; MACRO, Roma and more recently, Otemachi Financial City Grand Cube, Tokyo; Piazza Verdi, La Spezia, Italy; the very central Tottenham Court Road tube station in London, which houses Diamonds and Circles, and the Artz Pedregal shopping centre in Mexico City, where De la rotunda a la Fuente, 5 colores para México was inaugurated last March.