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World famous French artist unveils sculpture in Budapest

Bernar Venet sculpture

Earlier this week, the world famous French artist Bernar Venet, unveiled his latest sculptures in the centre of Budapest.

Weighing 8 tonnes and created out of steel, the impressive artwork is a wonderful addition to the city and is sure to attract even more tourists to this pretty area of Budapest. Those sightseeing in Budapest on Danube river cruises will be able to see the giant sculptures when visiting March 15 Square, which is located near Elizabeth Bridge.

The conceptual artist has exhibited works in locations all around the world. Despite his original plans to display the sculpture in France, he later decided to choose Budapest due to the ‘prominent’ location on offer. Having previously been homed in Vienna’s Belvedere Palace gardens, the €1 million sculptures were transported to Budapest following the artist’s decision.

Sculptures not the first time his works have been on display in Budapest

Venet also presented his artworks at the Budapest Art Hall in 2012 and has worked in partnership with Hungary’s Szalai metal works for the past twenty years, making the sculpture’s current presence in Budapest all the more significant. His sculptures have previously been exhibited in countries such as Belgium, America, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and New Zealand.

Born in France in 1941, he was brought up in Chateau-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, where he learnt to paint and draw at a young age with the help of local artists. Aside from sculptures, Venet also has a wealth of other artistic talents, such as photography and furniture building.

Venet was awarded the title of Chevalier de La Legion d’Honneur in 2005, which is France’s highest honour, making his sculpture in Budapest a must-see for anyone finding themselves in the city.

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