Daniel Buren
Like Child’s Play

Like Child's Play
, 2018
Installation view Carriageworks
Photography: Zan Wimberley Click to enlarge
‘For me, colour is pure thought, and therefore completely inexpressible, every bit as abstract as a mathematical formula or a philosophical concept’ Daniel Buren

Like Child’s Play is inspired by German educational theorist Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbels. Consisting of 100 blocks, arches, triangles and pediments, Buren plays with scale so that the objects which as children we towered over now dwarf us. Throughout his career, Buren has created artworks that complicate the relationship between art and the structures that frame it. His work questions how space can be used, appropriated, and revealed both physically and socially.

Daniel Buren has exhibited many times at the Venice Biennale, winning the Golden Lion in 1986.  His work has been the focus of exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York. Buren’s career spans five decades of interventions, controversial critical texts, thought-provoking public art projects and engaging collaborations with artists from across generations.