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Buren reflected on any hiccups in the making of his 2012 work.

“Ah no, we were lucky there were no problems in the making of this installation, so we ran on time!” he admitted, jovially.

Humor is a tool well-suited to weather many a storm in the fickle world of art, as Buren demonstrates well.

When asked for the artistic reasoning behind his narrow choice of colors, journalists chuckled: the company that manufactured them “only had four.”

Daniel Buren, MONUMENTA 2012” runs May 10 to June 21 at Paris’ Grand Palais.