Monumenta is an annual art installation in the nave of the Grand Palais. An international artist is invited to fill the cavernous 13,500-meter space with a special project. Past artists were Anselm Kiefer, Richard Serra, and Anish Kapoor. The successful series attracts over 270,000 visitors during its six-week installation usually beginning in mid- May.
This year Monumenta has chosen French artist Daniel Buren, who is best-known in France for his black and white striped columns sculpture in the Palais Royal. Buren has created a kaleidoscope of riotous color by constructing giant circles of colored film on white metal stilts using happy hues of orange, blue, orange, green, and red. Although the concept looks simple, it translates into an intricate and multi-layered experience. I went on a sunny day and the circles exuded brilliant, cartoon-colored reflections on the cement floor contrasting with much more subtle sweeps of color in the areas where the light was not directly coming through.
As I was photographing the exhibit I noticed another man crouching down also taking photographs and it was interesting to see his figure turn different colors each time he stepped into a different circle. I walked up the sweeping staircase to get another perspective and the overview of the almost endless sea of colored circles spilling into the space was breathtaking. Looking closely, I captured the reflections of the glass and steel ceiling in the colored discs. In the center of the space were mirrored circles on the floor that you could stand on and I got some fun shots of people posing themselves on them.
The spectators looked to be happy and playful in the space and I think it could be an excellent exhibit for kids.
I am curious to see how the colors would reflect if I went to see the exhibit at night.
Daniel Buren Monumenta
Till June 21
Ave. du General Eisenhower, 75008
Metro: Champs Elysees- Clemenceau
Open 10AM-7PM, Monday & Wednesday, 10AM to midnight Thursday to Sunday
Admission 5 euros
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