Since the end of the 1950s, French artist Ben (b. 1935) has ‘signed everything’, thereby appropriating the world as a whole through his images and his actions.
The way he mixes the arts, philosophy and the everyday makes Ben’s work unique. His text-images encompass an immense reservoir of essential questions concerning truth in art, the artist’s role in society and the connections between art and life. They also testify to a critical mind, which does not hesitate to interrogate everything and everyone, including his own ego.
Conceived as part of an exceptional collaboration between the artist and the Musée Tinguely and its Deputy Director Andres Pardey, organiser of the historical part of the exhibition, this accompanying catalogue present Ben’s work in all its contemporary relevance, while highlighting the importance of his wit to these text images.
Paris, Musée Maillol, 14 September 2016 – 15 January 2017
WIth 8 post cards and 1 poster added in the book