30.5.11

A "monster"

I have already made a post about the Grand Palais, built for the World’s Fair (Exposition Universelle) 1900. The building is large and proposes several exhibitions simultaneously, a few of them in the nave, under the fantastic glass and iron roof. The one that takes place at present (until June 23, 2011) is the fourth in a series that started four years ago,”Monumenta”, for the exhibition of gigantic works. This year the invited artist is Anish Kapoor, who has made an enormous installation-sculpture under the name of “Leviathan”, the sea monster.
You can even enter the “monster”.
Here are some other examples of Kapoor’s creations elsewhere in the world, including what is still under preparation and will be ready for the London Olympic Games 2012.

23 comments:

V Rakesh said...

Whoaaa! Thats quite a monster!

Karen said...

Great post Peter. I still haven't been inside the Grand Palais yet. Hopefully next time.

I have been to the "Bean" in Chicago. It's a fun sculpture.

Olivier said...

ma niece l'a visite avec son cours d'art plastique, elle a ete impressionné par la lumiere et la texture

Synne said...

Oh my, that is enormous! How fun!

Karin (an alien parisienne) said...

I love the photos you captured, Peter, and I am so glad that you went to see this! Thank you for your perspective on Monumenta. :)

BTW, I was near the Hôtel de Ville and the Marais yesterday with my American cousin, and I thought of how you showed me many places there last year. Thanks to you, I was able to show her some new things even though this was her 10th trip to the city.

Hope you are well and enjoying the spectacular weather we have been having!

Karin

Thérèse said...

Que l'on aime ou que l'on aime pas on doit être impressionné, non? L'architecture dans l'architecture!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Oh my goodness. I had no idea his creation now is in Paris!

Cezar and Léia said...

wow fantastic exhibition!
I love the "monster sculpture", so CUTE!Love the lights, the elegant shape and form, it's a dream this art moment there! :)
Hugs
Léia

nathalie said...

Ca alors, quelle extraordinaire structure. Je ne connaissais pas du tout cet artiste. Merci pour cette découverte !!!

Janey and Co. said...

I have photos of my daughter's wedding party in front of the Chicago "bean"...Enjoyed your post

Starman said...

The building is far more interesting than the "art".

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I have seen Kapoor's "Cloud Gate" in Chicago although I did not know his work when I first saw it. JM of Portugal has featured Kapoor's installation in Kensington Gardens and perhaps some of his other reflective pieces.

This Sea Monster is less to my liking, but it is interesting! Merci, Peter.

Bises,
Genie

vonvon said...

Effectivement, c'est impressionnant, mais comme le dit Thérèse, je fais partie des gens qui n'aiment pas trop.
Le Grand Palais est tellmement beau que j'ai du mal à imaginer qu'on puisse y exposer des monstres.

Cergie said...

Extraordinaires séries, grand contraste surtout entre l'ancien et le moderne qui fait très science fiction ou bande dessinée futuriste. J'ai une copine qui travaille au Grd Palais et m'a proposé de le visiter, il faudrait que j'y songe.
Et toi as tu songé aller aussi dans la cour de l'IMA ?
Hier j'ai pu voir l'expo de l'hôtel de ville / Paris au temps des impressionnistes < la file d'attente était abordable

JM said...

Hi, Peter!
Genie (Paris and Beyond) told me about this post. I'm a big fan of Kapoor and I already knew about this monster which I would love to see. Your photos are fantastic and really make me want to go there. :-) There are four posts on Kapoor's works in London on my travel blog.

Simony said...

I have seen the silver giant bean in Chicago. Everyone loves it!
Beautiful photos! The interior pictures look like a scene from a dream!

rauf said...

i was going to say that i have seen the pictures of giant bean in Chicago, Simony in the comment above has actually seen it.

Its nice to be different, but not too different Peter. Since i am only looking at the pictures i am not sure if i like the structure.

Kate said...

Thanks for introducing me to Kapoor. An amazing artist.

Pierre BOYER said...

Vraiment impressionnant !

Pierre

*Honest Abe said...

Very large works. I like the idea.

Suzane Weck said...

Como sempre `é delicioso viajar atraves de suas lindas fotos e seus explicativos textos.Grande abraço.Suze.

arabesque said...

i would love to Kapoor's work sometime...
thanks for posting this.

Trotter said...

I definitely need to go back there...