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Sculptor, architect and filmmaker Vincent Barré has maintained a central presence in the French cultural scene for over 50 years. Barré studied in Philadelphia under American architect Louis Khan, before working with the architecture firm Barton Myers in Edmonton and Toronto in the 1970s. Upon returning to Paris, he devoted his practice to sculpture and became known for cast iron and bronze constructions that relate human form to architecture and landscape. His large-scale sculpture can be found in the public and private spaces of France, Germany, and China.

The work of Vincent Barré has been exhibited at major European museums including The Matisse Museum in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France; The Musée d’art moderne André Malraux in Le Havre, France; The musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie in Besançon, France; the Centre d’Art Contemporain du Luxembourg Belge in Virton, Belgium; and the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede, Netherlands. He taught and exhibited in Tianjin and Jinan, China; Delhi, India; Bremen, Germany; and in New York at the New York Studio School. Barré was head of a sculpture workshop at the Beaux-Arts de Paris from 1995 to 2011. The integration of art in outdoor spaces is at the forefront of the artist’s practice. As artist-advisor to the City of Amilly, Loiret for over 30 years, Barré led architectural and public art programming.

His site-specific work can be found in the vineyards of France including Château Cadillac, Bordeaux; Haut Selve, Graves; Château de Laubade, Armagnac; and David vineyard near Avignon. Barré was commissioned to make several commemorative sculptures in France – Monument to the Resistance fighters of Nivelle, Amilly; Column of branches in homage to the Companions of the Liberation, Paris; and Crown and Chaos, Chaumont-sur-Loire.

Internationally, his public sculptures can be found at the Gerhard Marcks Haus in Bremen, Germany; and the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in Tianjin, China.

Born in Vierzon, France in 1948, Barré lives and works in Paris, Normandy, and Loiret.

 

 

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N’avons-nous pas toujours été bienveillants. 2021 Livre DVD des films réalisés avec Pierre Creton, C. Neyrat, Éditions de l’œil, la Traverse

Amilly, la réinvention d’un centre bourg. 2021, F. Barré, J.C. Bailly, V. Barré, S. Dubuisson, J.P. Robert, Éditions Dominique Carré

L’origine est proche  2019, catalogue, Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie de Besançon, Cl. Stoullig, B. Lassus, N. Surlapierre, J. Cosnau, Fl. Andoka

Forms of Humanism, 2015, Sculpture Magazine, Karen Wilkin

Vincent Barré, 2016, catalogue Musée Matisse, le Cateau-Cambrésis et Gerhardt Marcks Haus, Bremen, Allemagne, P. De Parpe, A. Hartog, K. Wilkin, Y. Deseyve.

Vincent Barré, sculptures et dessins, 2015 Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Morbihan, O. Delavallade, K. Wilkin, entretien avec D. Szymusiak.

Re-poser/Re-garder , 2011 MUMA Le Havre, A. Haudiquet, P. Chemetov, C. Neyrat, Ed. Artlys.

NOVS, 2010, Musée des Beaux-Arts Rouen, avec S. Dubuisson; L. Salomé, V. Barré et S. Dubuisson, P. Hardy.

Mètis, 2007, Hôtel des Arts, Toulon; G. Altieri, J. Brisse, entretien avec R. Deacon.

DETOUR 2004, Centre d’art de l’Yonne, Musée Bonnat à Bayonne, MUBA de Tourcoing, Entretien avec O. Grasser, textes de F. Barré, K. Ghaddab, Y. Courbès. Ed. B. Jordan

CORPUS 2002, Coédition Musée des Vins de Bourgogne à Beaune, Musée Sainte Croix à Poitiers, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, Carré Saint Vincent à Orléans : Entretien avec A. Tronche, Ph. Bata, C. Malric, K. Wilkin, O. Grasser, C. Stoullig ;

Two ways to begin, New York Studio School,  K.  Wilkin

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