Bernard Aubertin

Bernard AUBERTIN | Operate and biografia



Bernard Aubertin was born in 1934 in Fontenay-aux-Roses in France. After graduating from the State School of Decoration he approaches the Cubism e al Futurism. The first early paintings are portraits, landscapes and still lifes.

In 1957 he meets Yves Klein, which he himself defined as his teacher and who will influence him in the creation of his famous ones monochrome tele.

The first color that Bernard Aubertin experiences and will be associated with for the rest of his life is the red, intended as fire, energy, and which will be the undisputed protagonist of his first works, i rouge total.

In 1958 the realization of the Fire Paintings to which he will later associate various objects such as nails in Nails Paintings, wire in the Wire Frame Paintings or the matches in Match Course.

Starting from the 1960s, Bernard Aubertin began to use fire as a means of expression, in effect the physical manifestation of the color red. The famous are from this period Drawing of fire on paper in which the destructive force of the matches burned on the canvas will give rise to a new work and i Books burned and to be burnedin which to release the flames will be matches, fuses, electrocution sticks, bags of smoke powder placed between the pages of books. In his performances from the 1980s, the artist will invite the spectators themselves to burn the books.

In 1962 he was one of the founders of the Zero Group and get in touch with Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Piero Manzoni.

Starting from the 80s and 90s, his artistic research will evolve into performances in which he himself will burn pianos and cars, while in recent years the red color of monochromes will be replaced by white, black and gold.

Bernard Aubertin's works have been exhibited since the 1970s in the most important galleries in the world and in the most prestigious museums. Permanent exhibitions dedicated to the French artist are present at the Graz Museum of Art in Austria, the Dûsseldorf Museum and the National Center of Contemporary Art in Paris.

Bernard Aubertin died at the age of 81, in 2015, in Reutlingen in Germany.