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Buren returns to the Cube

Buren's project is based on the projection of geometric shapes.
Buren's project is based on the projection of geometric shapes. / F. GONZÁLEZ
  • Daniel Buren, the artist who created the design on the iconic 'Cube' at the Pompidou Centre in Malaga Port, is now holding an exhibition of some of his other work at the same venue

Daniel Buren, the artist who created the design on the iconic 'Cube' at the Pompidou Centre in Malaga Port, is now holding an exhibition of some of his other work at the same venue.

At the official opening this week, Buren explained that this is the only exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary of the Paris Pompidou Centre that is being held outside France.

Speaking on the 136th anniversary of Picasso's birth, Buren told those present that he met the genius artist from Malaga in France when he was 17 years old and studying art. Picasso invited him to his studio, and he was lucky enough to spend eight afternoons there watching the master at work.

Buren's temporary exhibition at the art centre in Malaga is based on geometric compositions and plain colours. This artist is especially well-known for his urban art, such as the project on La Salve bridge in Bilbao a decade ago to mark the 10th anniversary of the Guggenheim, and another at the Grand Palais in Paris. One of his works can now be seen inside the Pompidou's 'Cube', taking on a different appearance as the day progresses and the light entering the building changes.

The president of the Pompidou Centre, Bernard Blistene, describes Daniel Buren as “the spirit of the Pompidou”, and says this exhibition “gives rise to meditation and contemplation”.