History

Bernard Aubertin was born in Fontenay aux Roses, France in 1934. He is well known and respected throughout Europe. Aubertin was part of the artistic turmoil in the 60s and continues to innovate even today. During the 70s and 80s he would visit Italy very frequently, but now he lives in Reutlingen, Germany.

His intense artistic activity encompasses half of a century, from his fundamental encounter with Yves Klein to joining international artistic movements, such as Nul Group in Amsterdam and Group Zero in Düsseldorf during the late 50s and early 60s. An uninterrupted string of personal exhibits followed, along with thematic exhibitions in Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Sweden, and Spain. His unique personality leads him to the use of unusual and diverse materials, such as iron and wood, then using fire to shape his works.

Thus, combustion being the most peculiar trait of his art, along with the red color that is symbolic to the continuous tension and burning. This exhibit displays some of his most important works from the past, but also focuses on his more recent periods. Each period goes under a distinct name: “Dessin de feu”, “Livre brûlé”, “Allumettes sur metal”, “Voiture brûlé”, “Dessin de feu sur metal”. It’s a sequence of work that highlights and interprets daily actions and their repetitiousness, along with the inevitable passing of time. His objects, survivors of the fire’s damage, turn into metaphysical characters showing their past and the fate they live trapped in the daily mechanism of reality. This is the underlying, thought-provoking theme, a representation of life and metaphor of the loss of values that is very relevant in today’s world.

Exhibitions

Aubertin exhibited with the ZERO group in Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin and Milan.
collections include
Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, Paris
Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble
Centre National de l’Art Contemporain, Paris
Musée de Graz, Graz
Museum of Düsseldortf, Düsseldorft
Archivio della Grazia di Nuova Scrittura, Milan
Museo de Arte Moderno, Venezuela

Solo Exhibitions
1962, Galerie Wulfengasse, Austria
1967, Falerie Weiller, Paris; Galerie M.E. Thelen, Essen
1968, Galerie des Quatre Vents, Paris; Galerie Riquelme, Paris; Leine Galerie e V., Frankfurt
1969, Galerie Senatore, Stuttgart
1971, Galerie Ursula Lichter, Frankfurt
1972, Retrospective Exhibition, C.N.A.C., Paris
1973, Galerie Toni Brechbühl, Grenchen, Switzerland; Musée de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Sables-d’Olonne, France; Galerie Seebacher, Austria
1974, Galerie 2, Stuttgart, Studio Brescia, Brescia, Italy; Galleria Banco, Brescia, Italy; Studio Firenze Art Contemporanea, Florence; Galleria dei Mille, Bergamo, Italy; Galleria Delta, Salerno, Italy, Studio F22, Palazzolo, Italy; Galleria Il Canale, Venice
1975, Studio Brescia, Brescia; Galleria Il Punto, Turin
1977, Galleria Rebus, Florence
1978, Palazzetto dello Sport, Abano Terme; Galerie 44, Kaarst by Dusseldorf
1979, Galerie Weiller, Paris
1983, Galerie Donguy, Paris; Galerie Toni Brechbühl, Grenchen
1986, Galerie Charley Chevalier, Paris
1987, Galerie Béatrix Wilhelm, Stuttgart
1988, Galerie Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris; Stiftung fur Konkrete Lunst, Archiv, Reutlingen
1989, Galeria Oscar Ascanio, Caracas; Galerie Schoeller, Düsseldorf
1990, Galerie Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris; Galleria Vinciana, Milan; Galerie Jousse Saguin, Paris

Group Exhibitions
1961, Zero, Galerie Dato, Frankfurt
1962, Zero, Galerie Schindler, Berne
1965, Zero – Avant – Garde, Atelier de Fontana, Milan
1966, Destruction in Art symposium, London; Climat 66, Musée de Grenoble, France
1967, Luminism, George Washington Hotel, New York
1968, Cinétisme, Maison de la Culture, Grenoble, France
1969, Dynamozero 1959 – 1969, Galerie Ursula Lichter, Frankfurt
1971, Sammlung Cremer, Kunst der 60er Jahre, Kunstverein, Heidelberg
1972, Otto Plene Lichtballet und Kunstler der Gruppe Zero, Galerie Heseler, Munich
1973, Sammlung Cremer, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tübingen

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