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Bernard Aubertin (French 1934-2015)

"Painting in red is an absolute necessity."
In 1961 Aubertin officially joined the ZERO movement, which adopted monochrome expression as a way of breaking with tradition. The same year, Aubertin added the medium of fire to his works. Both red and fire represented his own interpretation of ZERO's 'tabula rasa', rather than an aesthetic experience. In addition, the colour red is also rich in psycho-analytical interpretations and connotations, and has peculiar optical effects on the viewer. From 1965, Aubertin started with his performances of burning paintings, books and objects and thus became considered a conceptual artist.