Robert Breer

Float, 1970

Motorised plastic sculpture and cardboard box
9,5 x 9,5 x 9,5 cm

Motorised plastic sculpture and cardboard box
9,5 x 9,5 x 9,5 cm
Float - Robert Breer
Float - Robert Breer

 

Robert Breer

Born in 1926 in Detroit, Robert Breer lived and worked in Paris, New York and Tucson, where he died in 2011 at the age of 85. He began work as an abstract painter and was to later leave his mark on experimental cinema and animation – his films were shown at the Pompidou Centre, Paris in 2001. He is best known for his sculptures in motion: Tanks, Rugs and Floats – pieces mounted on wheels, which transform themselves randomly (and surreptitiously) within the exhibition space.  The artist gently mocks minimalism, whose primary colours and simple shapes are revisited in a burlesque manner. His work is critical yet playful and has earned the artist retrospective exhibitions at the Whitney Museum in New York (1980), the CAPC in Bordeaux (2010) and the Tinguely Museum in Basel (2011). It can be found in a variety of international institutions: the MoMA (New York), the Mudam in Luxemburg, the MAC/VAL and FRAC Franche-Compté (France).