(1944— ). German artist who studied at the
Dusseldorf Kunstakademie where he came into contact with Beuys.
Since the late 1960s, he has been interested in anthropology. In his
work he addresses the opposition between nature and culture, and the
colonial impact on the native people and the environment in South
and North American Indian societies, e.g. Terra Incognita (1969) and
in Dorado-Gran Sabana (1977—85). B. uses installations, books and
photographs as his media. Names of, for instance, the Indian
populations of South America, names of indigenous annuals or of
North American native nations have been said 'to constitute the
primary medium of his work', as in his site-specific Installation
AMERICA Invention (1988-93) at the Guggenheim Museum, N.Y., which
transformed Frank Lloyd Wright's entire spiral atrium into a single
work of art with inscriptions of the names of native societies in
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