The painter Ben Vautier called himself just Ben, so as to not be mistaken for the Swiss painter Benjamin Vautier, who had lived one hundred years earlier. Ben worked in Nice and had developed a passion for Dadaism early on, though he later joined the fluxus movement. He shocked with happening and actions. As an object artist and together with Yves Klein and Arman he experimented with objects of the daily life, so-called ready-mades, and signed them in the Dadaist style. Ben Vautier took part in the documenta 5 and provocatively fitted the Swiss pavilion at the World Exhibition in Seville with the motto “Switzerland doesn’t exist”.
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