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Art Basel Unlimited
Michel Parmentier

Loevenbruck is pleased to present at Art Unlimited 
14 février 1990 (February 14, 1990), the largest work on tracing-paper by
Michel Parmentier. It comprises an ensemble of 36 strips in a progressive
sequence going from 1 to 8. Apart from the first strip, which situates the hanging
of the ensemble, each sub-ensemble comprises between 2 to 8 strips, and
when hung these sub-ensembles are separated by the width of one strip (37.5 cm). 
When exhibited, the work is 16.875 meters long.
It was made for the exhibition “Buren Parmentier” at the Palais des Beaux-Arts
in Brussels. It was at the suggestion of Herman J. Daled, collector and chairman
of the board of the Société des Expositions du Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and under the coordination of Dirk Snauwaert, head of contemporary art programming, that the exhibition “Buren Parmentier” was held in Brussels.
Buren and Parmentier were their own curators.
When asked why their exhibition was not held in France, Parmentier replied:
“…in France, our project would have more than likely have become an event; that, cultural prejudices aside, our work would have been read only in relation to our shared past, our quarrel, etc. In other words, not at all” *

*Propos délibérés: Daniel Buren – Michel Parmentier, Entretiens réalisés par Anne Baldassari les 11, 23 et 28 janvier 1990 (Villeurbanne: Art Édition and Brussels: Palais des Beaux-Arts, 1991). Anne Baldassari was a curator at the Musée national d’art moderne Georges Pompidou.