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Robert Breer

Robert Breer

1926-2011, in Detroit (United States)

Died in 2011 in Tuscon (United States)

The shifting universe of Robert Breer traversed several major French and American avant-garde movements. Working as an abstract painter in the 1950s—influenced by Vasarely, Tinguely, and Soto—Breer quickly turned to making animated films then, in the mid-1960s, began inventing moving objects, as though to assert his desire to take painting out of the frame and avoid all static images. 

In 1970, for the American pavilion at the World’s Fair in Osaka, Breer created seven mobile sculptures—Floats (floating sculptures)— whose constant, random ballet both desacralized the artwork and the exhibition space. 


Lebrat, Christian. "Robert Breer, Image par images, 1955" in Le mouvement des images = The movement of images : [exposition, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne-Centre de création industrielle, 9 avril 2006-29 janvier 2007]. Paris : Centre George Pompidou, 2006. p. 63 978-2-84426-295-0

Liabeuf, Brigitte ; Hoptman, Laura ; Singer, Juliette, Musée-Château d'Annecy (Annecy) ; Musée d'art Roger Quilliot (Clermont-Ferrand), Roux, Nathalie. Robert Breer : films, floats [and] panoramas : [exposition, Annecy, Musée-Château, avril-août 2006 ; Clermont-Ferrand, Musée d'art Roger-Quillot, janvier-mars 2007]. Montreuil ; Annecy : Ed. de l'OEil ; Musée-Château d'Annecy, 2006. 978-2-35137-022-3

 Sillars, Laurence, Pardey, Andres. Robert Breer : [exhibition, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 11 -September 25, 2011 and Museum Tinguely, Basel, from October 26, 2011 - January 29, 2012] . Bielefeld : Kerber, 2011. 978-3-86678-531-1


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