Unfortunately due to travel restrictions in Europe and America, Bernar Venet has cancelled his upcoming visit to Auckland. We hope to schedule the performance that was to be held on Wednesday 25th March at a later date.

The work of Bernar Venet is familiar to New Zealand audiences, his sculpture 88.5° ARC x 8 having mesmerised visitors to Gibbs Farm since its installation in 2012. The colossal, arching structure in weathered steel is an unmissable sight visible from the road, beckoning viewers to the Kaipara Coast sculpture park. Now, for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere, the renowned French minimalist brings his performance work to Gow Langsford Gallery Lorne Street on Wednesday 25 March at 4.30pm.

Following on from the success of his 2019 performance The Steel Bar and the Pictorial Memory of the Gesture at Sotheby's in Hong Kong, Venet will meld painting, sculpture, and performance to investigate the interception between an object's conceptual structure and material forms. For Venet, line and its mathematical, philosophical, and physical properties underpin these explorations, a concern that has persisted throughout his career.

The performance's focal point is an industrial steel bar, suspended from the ceiling via a wire cord at the gallery's Lorne Street site. As with previous iterations, paint is applied to the bar before Venet manoeuvres it, pressing into the gallery wall in a series of repeated, radial oscillations. The positioning of these imprints is dictated partially by how far the bar can move from its point of suspension, manifesting the place of indeterminacy and chance within set parameters. The resulting works, which have been likened in appearance to Rorschach inkblots, also act as a memory of the process, recording the sheer physical exertion required to enact the performance.

The performance will precede his solo exhibition with the Gallery running from 13 May - 6 June 2020.

RSVP is essential to cass@glg.co.nz.


  • Free


  • Wed 25 Mar


  • 4:30 pm


  • 26 Lorne Street
  • Auckland, 1010