Another "Monumenta" exhibition

More or less every second year, there is at present a “Monumenta” exhibition at the Grand Palais. The idea is obviously to occupy the space under the beautiful glass roofs of the Grand Palais (see previous posts) in a monumental way. I have reported about the three previous ones – see here, here and here.

This year Huang Yong Ping, a Chinese artist (living in France since 1989) has been chosen. Before coming to the present exhibition - which lasts until June 18 - , here are some examples of the artist’s previous works.

As I understand, the idea is to refer to the industrial, capitalistic, “empire”. On top of containers in all colours and from all continents you will find some kind of a serpentine skeleton … and Napoleon’s hat.

Well… whatever you may think about this as art, it’s always a pleasure to admire the architecture of the Grand Palais, built for the 1900 world’s fair.


Virginia said...

And annually I miss every great exhibit at the GP. When will I ever break this losing streak?
Thank you Peter for sharing this with us. Almost as good as being there! :)

MadAboutParis said...

Virg...let's make a plan for 2018!!!

Peter, we "know" that the Buren was WAY BETTER!

Synne said...

Ooooh, this looks like a humorous exhibition! I really like the contrast between the gritty containers and the glorious glass architecture... Also, I love all sorts of reptiles and skeletons! Thanks for sharing, Peter!

Anonymous said...

Would love to know M. Girault's opinion about this "art" exhibition...
His masterpiece, of course never fails to amaze.
Thank you for reminding us about this fabulous landmark.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Very unique!

joanna said...


Your last comment under your beautiful photograph(s) was exactly what I was feeling and thinking as I was scrolling down the photo's.
What ever I was feeling about the art it was wonderful to see the architecture of the Grand Palais. It is a magnificent structure to admire without anything else to detract from it. If I lived in Paris I would be there often
Back a long while ago I did a blog post on the The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory a stunning example of Victorian-style glasshouse artistry, and a New York City Landmark, Often as a young girl I would go there almost on a daily basis, I loved it so.
Thank you Peter for this post,

Shammickite said...

I am speechless, it's spectacular!

claude said...

Je suis un peu comme toi, le Grand Palais avec sa belle architecture vaut le déplacement à lui tout seul.