21.5.12

"Monumenta 2012" - Grand Palais



Since 2007 the Grand Palais (see previous posts)


…. organizes some special “Monumenta” exhibitions, using the full space under the fabulous glass nave. The fifth event, this year, features Daniel Buren, maybe especially known for the Columns at the Palais Royal (see previous posts).





Previous artists who have been invited include Anselm Kiefer, Richard Serra, Christian Boltanski…


… and Anish Kappor (see my post last year).


Some of the glasses in the nave had got a blue colour for the event and even the French flag had been replaced.


This is what you can see, until June 21, when you enter.


The view from the top of the stairs allows a general impression.



The transparent circles enable to see the nave in different colours.


The colours are reflected on the floor.


Some people took pleasure of the large coloured space.


Mirrors on the middle of the floor offered a confusing game of what is up and down.


There was some space for refreshments and for buying of documentation.


I normally don’t make any restaurant promotion on my blog, but I must admit that there is a nice place for brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks… at the Palais ((MINIPALAIS), to be enjoyed indoors or outdoors under the arcades.


On my way I discovered a little flower… (Pont Alexandre III (see previous post) in the background).



24 comments:

Nikon said...

Amazing photo essay, Peter. That's quite a place!

Thirtytwo degrees said...

Happy that you put this on facebook today...I enjoyed the beautiful photography so much...very inspiring, pushing me to want to return asap.

French Girl in Seattle said...

Dear Peter, I had heard of the Buren exhibit at the Grand Palais but had decided I did not like it (I am not too fond of his ugly columns in the Palais Royal courtyard either...) I must confess that after seeing your photos, I changed my mind and felt sorry I would likely not get a chance to see the exhibit in person. Monsieur Buren should thank you-- and hire you as his publicist :-) Bonne semaine à Paris. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Olivier said...

la creation de Buren joue tres bien avec les lumieres, j'aime beaucoup les vues d'en haut

Cezar and Léia said...

wow Peter, I wonder where were you when you took that first picture, it's awesome!
Spectacular show of shapes and colors, lights and lines...a place that plays with our imagination!
I would love visiting there!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures, the collages are wonderful.
Glad that you enjoy this exhibition!
hugs and a nice week
Léia

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MadAboutParis said...

Spectacular photos Peter...such a remarkable experience to share. Will share my photos with you after I return!

Marie-Noyale said...

Bonjour Peter,

Cela me donne vraiment envie de louer un pédalo
pour faire un petit aller retour histoire de jouer avec couleurs et objectifs ..
mais je risque d'arriver apres la fermeture de l'Expo!!!

J'en avais entendu parler ici bien sur mais je n'étais pas sure que les photos etaient permises!
Tu as du te régaler! Superbe.

MN

claude said...

Il se passe des choses curieuses sous la verrière du Grand Palais.
Bien ton post sur la musique à Paris.

arabesque said...

whoa! une petite fleur near the bridge! ^0^
the new art form at grand Palais is mind boggling.
i think i'd be like a kid again if i see this one.
all the vibrant shapes and circles are something to look out for, though, one might get a tired looking at it tous les jours.
nice post Peter, wishing you a great week ahead and more sunny days in your neck of the wood.

Studio at the Farm said...

You have a great eye, Peter. The lone daisy, growing out of the cement, is wonderful. The exhibition at the Grand Palais looks very interesting, Those large colored discs look like giant paint pots from above. And I CANNOT believe they took down the French flag for the event! :) A wonderful post, as always. Thank you, Peter.

hpy said...

C est un peu concon, mais tes photos m ont fait penser à des paniers à linge....

Anonymous said...

Those photos are fantastic!

Nice to see Paris has gotten green!

Maria

Thérèse said...

Que de ah et de oh tu as du entendre. J'espère pouvoir voir cette expo avant qu'il ne soit trop tard.
Et pour ta petite fleur de trottoir, je viens justement de noter le nom d'un livre "Le gendarme des barrieres" de Demouzon qui incorpore un herbier des trottoirs du 13eme à son roman...

Shammickite said...

This is absolutely wonderful!
Thank you for showing this to me, Peter.
I wish I could be there in person.

Shammickite said...

This is absolutely wonderful!
Thank you for showing this to me, Peter.
I wish I could be there in person.

Shammickite said...

why did that appear twice? Blogger has many mysteries.

Ash said...

Nice photos! The colours in the first photo are amazing!

Owen said...

Colorful ! And I love the lonely little flower you found springing up in the pavement... amazing grace...

Cergie said...

Un endroit où je ne suis pas aussi souvent que je devrais ou pourrais, un espace abritant des manifestations temporaires je ne devrais donc pas dire "plus tard".
On se croirait là dans un entrepôt de bonbons, des sucres d'orge et pas une chocolaterie. M'étonne pas que cela plaise aux enfants petits ou grands.

Cergie said...

Il est possible que ta fleur soit une anthémis fétide (Anthemis cotula)

Starman said...

I dislike most of the "art" exhibited at le Grand Palais. The space is too large and seems to make the "artists" feel like they have to do something to fill the whole place. They end up creating, what to me, is just that.....filler.

Jeanie said...

These are fascinating! I would love to have experienced that, being the color-crazy person I am! Great photos!

Esme said...

How disappointing-I was just there and missed it-they do have some great exhibits there.