Bernard Venet is one of the most celebrated conceptual artists working today. He is most often associated with his large steel lines and arcs, which have been seen at the George Pompidou Centre in Paris, Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany; Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland; Musée National d’Art Moderne de Liège, Liège, Belguim; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois; Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyongbuk, Korea; and the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany among many.
Venet‘s reflection on artistic creation has lead to a diverse portfolio which includes dance, cinema, music and sound. As a promising young artist in Nice, he covered canvases with tar and used charcoal as a raw material, motivated by a need to redefine art's traditional boundaries. A well-articulated intellectual bent and readiness to experiment propelled him to the forefront of what came to be called "Conceptual Art." After moving to New York in 1966, Venet developed a body of work, steeped in non-art propositions he borrowed from mathematicians and theoretical scientists. His work focuses on the ancient artist element of line evoking movement and energy.
Venet had seventeen solo exhibitions alone in 2003 and exhibited his work in the Sao Paulo Biennale (1974), Document VI, Germany (1977), Venice Biennale (1978), and the Seoul Biennale, Korea (1995)