Espoo Museum of Modern Art

Daniel Buren: Photo-souvenir, Folding Screens, (Les Paravents), 2022. Work in situ, EMMA. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

02.03.2022 - 17.07.2022

Daniel Buren: Going for a Walk in a Zigzag

A world-renowned French artist, Daniel Buren (b. 1938) has taken over EMMA’s exhibition space until 17 July 2022. For EMMA, Buren has created an enormous new work Les Paravents consisting of countless folding screens, inviting visitors to take a walk through the zigzagging maze. In this site-specific piece, the screens embody Buren’s signature themes of impermanence and mutability.

Daniel Buren is a giant in the field of contemporary art, with a career spanning over 60 years and more than 3000 site-specific exhibitions around the world. He is famous for his practice of using 8.7 cm-wide vertical stripes as a visual tool to reveal hidden aspects of familiar spaces.   

The exhibition will also spill outside the walls of the museum with a line-up of open-air events and interventions. A week before the opening, Buren’s signature vertical stripes enlivened Helsinki’s and Espoo’s winter landscape on over 300 JCDecaux billboards across the two cities.

Also featured is Ployer/Déployer, an open-air piece of 105 striped flags to fill Espoo’s Tapionaukio square in May. Buren’s famous stripes will additionally appear on the sails of optimist dinghies competing in a regatta on Nuottaniemi Bay in a piece called Sail/Canvas – Canvas/Sail (Voile/Toile – Toile/Voile), organised in collaboration with the Espoo Pursiseura Yacht Club EPS.

Striped vests will transform the museum’s customer service personnel into a living part of a work called Vests (Essai hétéroclite: Les Gilets, travail situé). The personnel will wear striped vests throughout the duration of the exhibition. 

The exhibition is curated by Arja Miller in collaboration with the Director of the Danish art agency Creator Projects, Simon Friese.

  • 02.03.2022 - 17.07.2022
  • 2nd floor
  • 12€ / Adults

    0€ / Under 18s and over 70s

  • Daniel Buren, EMMA, 2022. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

  • Photo-souvenir : Daniel Buren, Folding Screens, (Les Paravents), work in situ, 2022. Detail © DB-ADAGP Paris. Image: Ari Karttunen / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

  • Photo-souvenir : Daniel Buren, Folding Screens, (Les Paravents), work in situ, 2022. Detail © DB-ADAGP Paris. Image: Ari Karttunen / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

  • Photo-souvenir : Daniel Buren, Folding Screens, (Les Paravents), work in situ, 2022. Detail © DB-ADAGP Paris. Image: Ari Karttunen / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

  • Photo-souvenir: Daniel Buren, Ployer/Déployer 105 Couleurs aux vents, work in situ, Tapionaukio square, Espoo, 2022. Detail. © DB-ADAGP Paris. Image: Ari Karttunen / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

  • Photo-souvenir: Daniel Buren, Ployer/Déployer 105 Couleurs aux vents, work in situ, Tapionaukio square, Espoo, 2022. Detail. © DB-ADAGP Paris. Image: Ari Karttunen / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

  • Photo-souvenir: Daniel Buren, Sail/Canvas – Canvas/Sail (Voile/Toile – Toile/Voile), work in situ, 2022, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art. Detail. © DB-ADAGP Paris. Image: Paula Virta / EMMA.

  • Photo-souvenir: Daniel Buren, Sail/Canvas – Canvas/Sail (Voile/Toile – Toile/Voile), work in situ, 1975–2022, regatta on Espoo Nuottaniemi Bay, Finland, 2022. Detail. © DB-ADAGP Paris. Image: Paula Virta / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

  • Daniel Buren, Work in situ. Helsinki, 2022. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

  • Daniel Buren, Work in situ. Helsinki, 2022. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

  • Daniel Buren, Work in situ. Helsinki, 2022. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

Thank you for your cooperation and support:

JCDecaux Finland, BNP PARIBAS, French institute in Finland, Saastamoinen Foundation, Espoo Yacht Club EPS, Creator Projects.

Related content