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Questionnaire: Daniel Buren

Q: What images keep you company in the space where you work?

A: None. I just try to concentrate on what I am doing.

BY Daniel Buren in Interviews , Questionnaires | 16 MAR 15

Henri Matisse, La Gerbe (The Sheaf), 1953, gouache on paper, cut and pasted on paper, mounted on canvas, 2.9 × 3.5 m. Courtesy © 2015 Succession Henri Matisse, DACS, London, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

What was the first piece of art that really mattered to you?

A Henri Matisse cut out.

If you could live with only one piece of art what would it be?

The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello (c.1438–40). Not just one painting from the triptych (which is spread between Florence, Paris and London) but all three together, in the position and order in which they were originally presented.

What is your favourite title of an artwork?

L.H.O.O.Q. by Marcel Duchamp (1919). Making sense exclusively for people who read French!

What do you wish you knew?

If answering these questions is really making any sense.

What should change?


What should stay the same?

The rest.

What music are you listening to?

Georg Phillipp Telemann’s Der Tag des Gerichts (The Day of Judgement, 1761–62).

What are you reading?

Bruno Latour’s Nous n’avons jamais été modernes (We Have Never Been Modern, 1991).

What do you like the look of?

A Platanus orientalis.

is an artist based in France. His work has been shown as part of the Venice Biennale, Italy, more than 10 times and has been the subject of more than 180 exhibitions in the USA. Recent projects have included an installation for the Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico (2014). Buren’s first major permanent public commission in the UK can be seen at Tottenham Court Road Station, London, as part of ‘Art on the Underground’.