Monumenta 2012: “Excentriques, travail in situ”
An explosion of colours and light in the Grand Palais, transformed by Daniel Buren's multicoloured parasols. Buren, Excentrique(s) Monumenta © DB - ADAGP, Paris 2013
A forest of changing colours and lights under the glass dome of the Grand Palais, effect guaranteed for artist Daniel Buren's outstanding exhibition. A very cheerful, colourful “carte blanche” which is in sharp contrast with previous Monumenta experiences and should attract large numbers of tourists and photographers.
Monumenta exhibitions have been organised by the ministry for culture since 2007, and every year they offer an internationally famous artist the opportunity to create a unique work under the
After the French artist Christian Boltanski and the British artist of Indian origin Anish Kapoor, it is the turn of the creator of the famous “Colonnes de Buren” in the Palais Royal to take on this spectacular monument, with its refinement and soaring heights, built for the universal exhibition in 1900.
A new entrance
Monumenta is an event which offers one of the biggest places in the world to an artist to create an exhibition! It is “the beauty of this place”, more than its size, that is “the most difficult to deal with,” Daniel Buren told France Culture. To give a new perception of the space, he avoids the usual grand central entrance so that visitors do not immediately discover the “choir” of the Grand Palais. They go in through the least visible entrance, hidden behind trees, before making their way into a very long corridor, decorated with black and white stripes (which are the artist's calling card). The corridor acts as a telescope from which a square of lights with floating colours can be seen in the distance, which will gradually come into focus.
Colours in the air
A sort of forest of parasols appears, covered with different-sized coloured plastic circles in green, blue, yellow or orangey-red, positioned at a height of less than three metres. Their interplay with the light from the glass dome produces a surprising effect. Daniel Buren wants to “sculpt the air”, “capture light and give it a colour”. The brightness of this pool of colours changes with the weather. Look in front of you, and the architecture disappears into colours.
In the centre, under the glass dome latticed with blue, mirrors installed on the ground form a clearing, this time with an open, direct view of the roof of the Grand Palais, producing a breathtaking kaleidoscope effect. After leaving the sea of colours whose brightness depends on the changing effects of the