Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Daniel Buren artwork opens in Paris

Photo: Francois Mori/AP

French septugenarian conceptual artist Daniel Buren(b.1938)'s temporary commission Excentrique(s), opens to the public tomorrow (10th May) at the Grand Palais in Paris. It is the fifth so-called Monumenta site-specific commission for the site and will be on display until 21st June 2012. Daniel Buren follows in the illustrious footsteps of the previous commissions by Anselm Kiefer, Richard Serra, Christian Boltanski and Anish Kapoor, which began five years ago and happen annually.

Photo: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The 13,500 square metre Nave of the Grand Palais, which has a 45 metre glass vault, is a daunting prospect for any artist. Buren has filled the space with a canopy of coloured panels which float above head height, creating a kaleidoscope effect. This is supplemented by a series of mirrors which span part of the floor under the central dome.

Photo: Francois Mori / AP

It costs 5 Euros to get in but it looks like it would be worth it just to see inside the Grand Palais. If you pay 9, you even get a 'cultural educator' thrown in for that (whatever one of those is).

Photo: Francois Mori/AP

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