Olivier Mosset

Olivier Mosset’s was the “M” in BMPT, and his career could almost be seen as a grand Fluxus-style gesture of quiet provocation. Combining a zero sum approach to painting with Situationist-style tactics, BMPT turned formalist reduction into a political statement, which is why it remains relevant today. The group was highly controversial when it emerged, and it dissolved rapidly over predictable disagreements between its members after the withdrawal of Michel Parmentier in 1968. It is generally seen as a direct predecessor to the Supports/Surfaces group (1968–72).

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