The French artist Daniel Buren asked the French Ministry of Culture to remove a street art installation in front of his famous columns at the Palais Royal, French news media reported. The installation has since been removed.
Citing his moral rights, Buren wanted Le Module de Zeer’s installation removed because he had not been made aware of its arrival beforehand, Le Figaro reported. The installation was intended to act in “dialogue” with his well-known white and black striped columns, originally titled “Les Deux Plateaux,” installed in the courtyard of Palais Royal. Subsequently, street artist Module de Zeer’s installation was removed on May 18, that is, after Buren’s request. [Le Figaro]
According to Le Figaro, Buren sent a letter to the ministry, citing his moral rights, asking that the work be removed because he hadn’t be warned.
Module de Zeer’s composition was installed at Palais Royal for an exhibition entitled “A l’echelle de la ville” organized by the Ministry of Culture in order to demonstrate and inspire urban art. The exhibition, which began on April 17, 2018, is scheduled to be on view until June 10, 2018. The artist’s work of horizontal stripes around adjacent columns to Buren's, was designed to be considered in dialogue with Buren’s white and black vertical columns.
When proposed in 1985, Buren’s initial installation was itself particularly controversial. Critics accused Buren of defacing a cultural heritage site, causing work to stop in February 1986. Construction resumed and the work was completed in July of the same year. [Le Journal des Arts]
Thirty-three years later, Module de Zeer embellished seven columns along the main courtyard of the palace near the "Buren columns.” However, this time Buren was on the other side of the table and consequently requested the removal of the new installation.
However, explaining its decision to withdraw the installations, the ministry is quoted in Le Figaro as saying, "we are the ministry of intellectual and artistic property, so with the moral rights of authors and creators (...) there is a question of exemplarity."
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