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Ben Vautier

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Benjamin Vautier, known as Ben, is born in Naples (Italy) in 1935 and stays there until 5 years old. Then he discovers Switzerland, Turkey, Egypt, and his mother chooses to settle in Nice in 1949. When he is 15 years old, he is an handyman in a bookshop (Le Nain Bleu). He turns over pages of art books and decides that: “To be beautiful, the beautiful has . . .

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Beyond works currently in stock, it seemed to me useful to combine business with pleasure by letting you discover others works by artists in my gallery. These artworks, now sold or removed from our website, have been in our stock in the past. These pages will undoubtedly make it possible for some of you to associate an image with its title or the other way round, for others it will be a good time to discover more on such and such artist. For the sake of confidentiality – the pieces being no longer available – we won't display neither their numbering or their price. For whatever reason, make sure to visit this amazing art database with to date 6441 online works just for your pleasure! Michelle Champetier

The works presented on this page are not available anymore.
Original signed screenprint de  : Il faut en rire
Il faut en rire
1990 Original screenprint, signed in pencil by the artist, extracted from the portfolio "Nice Carnaval Roi du Rire". Comité des Fêtes de Nice publisher. Without
Multiple de  : Je gagne, je triche, je perds
Je gagne, je...
1992 Box containing three decks of 52 cards. Ed. Serge Aboukrat, Paris. Without
Screenprint poster de  : Festa occitana
Festa occitana
Circa 1980 Poster printed in screenprint, for an Occitan party to the events committee of Abadie in Nice. Without
Screenprint poster de  : Culture dans la ville : situation à Nice
Culture dans la...
1978 Poster printed in screenprint, published by the artist, conceived for a debate on the city of Nice on May 12th 1978. Scarce. Without
Single work Book with original drawing de  : Les litanies de Ben
Les litanies de Ben
1997 Book. Collection of Ben's poetries, foreword by Pierre Tilman, front page enriched with a drawing and a dedication of the artist in black feltpen.... Without
Signed screenprint de  : Admettons la différence des autres
Admettons la...
1981 Screenprint, in lower left signed and dedicated in whithe by the artist, in lower left numbered and signed with feltpen by the artist.Axe Sud... Without
Signed screenprint de  : Black Power
Black Power
1993 Screenprintg, signed, numbered and dated in pencil by the artist. Ed. Keller for the Jazz festival of Montreux. Without
Signed screenprint de  : Pas de question sans réponse
Pas de question...
Circa 1990 Screenprint, signed in pencil by the artist. Without
Single work Signed single work de  : Anne ne vois tu rien venir ?
Anne ne vois tu...
2010 Oil on canvas, binoculars (toy) in plastic mounted on a wood pannel, signed and dated by the artist. Without
Signed print de  : Je n'arrive pas à m'arrêter
Je n'arrive pas à...
2004 Original photolithography, signed and numbered in white pencil by the artist. Without
Single work Original document de  : Exhibition Gallery A. de La Salle
Exhibition Gallery...
1976 Invitation in-3 for the exhibition of the artist in the Gallery Alexandre de La Salle, heightened with gouache and signed in black pastel by the... Without
Single work Single work de  : Parcel bomb
Parcel bomb
1965 Cardboard box containing a firecracker and a passport photo (back of the artist). Box labeled with the address of the recipient written by Ben and... Without
Handwritten document de  : Something
Circa 1975 Original handwritten document (feltpen), signed in feltpen by the artist. Original title: Quelque chose. Without
Original signed poster de  : Exhibition Ben and Flexner
Exhibition Ben and...
1972 Two posters of small size lay down on a green cardboard for the exhibition in the Studio Ferrero, Nice. One of the posters is signed in feltpen by... Without
Original signed screenprint de  : Parfois l'art me dégoûte
Parfois l'art me...
1984 - 1997 Original screenprint, in 1997 retouched and annotated with acrylic by the artist, signed at the lower right. Without
Original signed lithograph de  : Il faut en rire
Il faut en rire
1990 Original lithograph, signed in pencil by the artist, from the portfolio "Nice Carnaval Roi du Rire". Ed. Festival Committee of the City of Nice. Without
Original signed screenprint de  : C'est la vie
C'est la vie
1998 Original screenprint, signed nd numbered by the artist. Translation of the title : It's life. Without
Original signed screenprint de  : L'essentiel est que je communique
L'essentiel est que...
1970 Original screenprint on canvas, signed and numbered in black by the artist. Ed. Alexandre Delasalle, St Paul de Vence. Edition filed by Ben in preparation for the catalogue raisonne.
Multiple de  : Free
1990 Enamelled plate, signed. Published by the Musée de l'Objet (Blois). Title : Libre Without
Original screenprint de  : Regardez Ailleurs
Regardez Ailleurs
Circa 1970 Original screenprint, signed in pencil. Without
Oil de  : L'art est un acte
L'art est un acte
1999 Oil on fabric, signed and dated in bottom on the right. Dedicated and dated "Eté 99" on verso. Without
Original screenprint de  : It's life
It's life
1998 Original screenprint, signed in pencil. Unknown
Single work Signed single work de  : Bassine qui voulait prendre le pouvoir
Bassine qui voulait...
1986 Acrylic and collage on wood panel. With the text : "Bassine qu’Annie a cassée en faisant la pâtée pour les poules. Bassine qui voulait prendre... Without

Catalogue(s) raisonné(s)

Catalogue(s) raisonné(s)
*« C.R. » en préparation par Ben. All the "catalogues raisonnés"

Bibliographic track & more

To read about the artist :
  • « Ben », Stedelijk museum, Amsterdam, 1973
  • « Tout Ben », Musées de Nice, 1985
  • « Ben, pour ou contre : Une rétrospective », Musée de Marseille, Ed. RMN, 1995
  • « Les litanies de Ben », P. Tilman, L’Evidence, Fontenay-sous-Bois, 1997
  • « Je cherche la vérité », cat d'expo, MAMAC, Nice, Ed. Flammarion, 2001
  • « Ben Vautier, il provocatore », cat d'expo, Ed. Prearo, 2008
  • « Ben, Strip-tease intégral », T. Raspail, cat d'expo, Ed. MAC, Lyon et Somogy, 2010
  • «  Fluxus continue et ne s’arrêtera jamais » Fondation du Doute, Ed. Favre SA, 2013
  • « Ben Ministre des affaires des étrangères », Ed. Favre SA, Lausanne, 2015
  • « Ben, Tout est art ? », cat d'expo, Musée Maillol, Ed. Fonds Mercator, 2016
To read from the artist :
  • « Ma vie, mes conneries : 1935-1997 », Ben et A. Vautier, Ed. Z'editions, 1997
  • « Suicide d'artiste », Ben Vautier, Col. Textes essentiels, Ed. L' esprit du Temps, 2008
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Mouvements de l'art

  • + FLUXUS / 1960-1972 / Georges Maciunas, George Brecht, John Cage, Robert Filliou, Per Kikerby, Nam June Paik, etc.
  • + SCHOOL OF NICE / 1965-1975 / Jean-Claude Farhi, Robert Filliou, Roland Flexner, Serge III, Pierre Pinoncelli, etc.
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