Mark Brusse

Biographical data

Born in Alkmaar, Holland, in 1937. He lives and works in Paris. Mark Brusse studies at the Fine Arts Academy in Arnheim (1954-1959). His first individual exhibition takes place in 1959. He settles in Paris in 1960. Between 1965 and 1967 he lives in New York. He collaborates with the international network of artists, Fluxus, and works with John Cage, he participates in Spaghetti Sandwich with Earle Brown and Thomas Schmit (Event, 1965). To him: “One of the functions of art is to exacerbate the irrational side, the part of art and life which isn’t reasonable”.

Brief Chronology

The first assemblage sculptures by Mark Brusse are made of wood and other objects such as strings, chains or pulleys: Clôtures, Soft machines, Strange fruits (1964-1965). The writer William Burroughs sees them as “the ironic enigma of machines with no function”. During the following years, Brusse works with pieces of painted wood set on the floor, in these pieces his most recurrent motif is present: the tongue (Floor pieces or Natural Wood, 1965-1967). He creates wooden installations which are adapted and close exhibition-spaces (Occupations d’espace). Since 1983, after spending periods of time in the Far East and South America, he puts together the different cultures’ contributions in assemblage sculptures (The secret garden, 1995),ceramics, bronze or pebbles. He paints on canvas, draws, and creates very poetic watercolor and pastel paintings on mulberry paper. He uses “archaic symbols” that incite meditation and evoke haikus: animals (monkeys, fish, toads, turtles), volcanic landscapes (La mano de Quito, 2000), people and, as always, the tongue (The answer in question, 1993).


actualités :


About base, 1990, Wood, ceramic, metal, 200 x 60 x 20 cm / 78,7 x 23,6 x 7,8 in.


Volcano Bowl, 1989. 119 x 90 cm / 46.8 x 35.4 pulg. Chinese ink, watercolour, oil cake on kraft paper.


Volcano Bowl 2, 1989. 119 x 90 cm / 46.8 x 35.4 pulg. Chinese ink, watercolour, oil cake on kraft paper.


Pipe dream, 1989. 220 x 60 x 36 cm / 86.6 x 23.6 x 14.1 in. Wood, glass, textiles, ceramics, iron.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

  Tale, 1989. 197 x 60 x 53 cm / 77.5 x 23.6 x 20.8 in. wood and glass


Sol y sombra, 1988. 200 x 80 x 28 cm / 78.7 x 31.4 x 11.0 pulg. Wood, glass, textiles, light, electricity.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

In a quiet little corner, 1989. 76 x 45 x 48 cm / 29.9 x 17.7 x 18.8 pulg. Wood, iron, bamboo.


Forgotten thoughts, 1990. 117 x 200 x 33 cm / 46.0 x 78.7 x 12.9 pulg. Wood and ceramics