Art in Paris

Why Gordon Matta-Clark cut holes in buildings – Conical Intersect

For the 1975 Paris Biennale, Gordon Matta-Clark made big cone-shaped holes in two buildings near the Centre Georges Pompidou. The action took place in Les Halles, a neighborhood that was being demolished. Matta-Clark aimed to permit passers-by to peek through to the Centre Pompidou while it had been under construction. Conical Intersect (1975) was a …

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What makes Cy Twombly’s Louvre ceiling painting so special?

If you ever find yourself in Paris, Cy Twombly’s mural in Louvre is well worth visiting. Cy Twombly was remarkable in every way, having created a lasting legacy with his works, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, and photography. Home to the Mona Lisa, the Louvre is highly regarded as the best art museum in the world, …

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Anish Kapoor’s Leviathan at Grand Palais – His most impressive work yet?

The Leviathan at Grand Palais is just another massive artwork of Anish Kapoor that has captivated the world. Described by art enthusiasts as one of the most powerful artworks of all time, the sculpture is a culmination of the mental and physical dimensions. Like other works done by the same artist, this particular one has …

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Huang Yong Ping created the longest snakes you have ever seen

A massive snake in real life? Absolutely frightening. A massive snake skeleton, aluminum and stainless steel structure, on the other hand? Absolutely exciting and awe-inspiring. Such is the Chinese-French artist Huang Yong Ping’s unique aluminum snake sculpture, an installation he dubbed Ressort. Designed and installed in 2012 for the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia, this …

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The new, intimate Giacometti museum in Paris – A first look

Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti has a new exhibition space in Paris. Hosted in an Art Nouveau villa, this museum shows a reconstruction of his legendary studio, including furniture and walls on which he left numerous sketches. The new space is located in the former artists’ district of Montparnasse, just a few blocks from …

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See how Peter Kogler’s hypnotic installations transform rooms

Peter Kogler is a renowned artist from Austria that currently works and lives in Vienna. Kogler is best known for his different psychedelic room installations. Through his paintwork and his intricate projections, he transforms ordinary looking rooms and spaces such as lobbies, galleries, and transit centers by making them look twisted, warped or distorted, which …

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Ron Mueck’s Couple Under An Umbrella sculpture tells the story of love

At first glance, especially from a picture, it is easy to assume that the Couple under an Umbrella sculpture is a real-life image frozen in time. In a world marred by conflict and competition, everybody appreciates the display of affection by people. The couple in question is quite elderly, and the artist must have chosen …

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Yayoi Kusama’s most outstanding sculptures – Pumpkins & Flowers

Celebrating her 90th birthday in 2019, Yayoi Kusama is a leading Japanese artist and legend as far as art is concerned. While she deliberately makes unique pieces that can withstand the wear and tear of the outdoors, she is renowned for reproducing her art on a monumental scale when need be. Her career spans over …

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Joan Miró’s most impressive ceramics & murals

Throughout his career, Joan Miró created numerous notable artworks that earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He was never the one to play by the book and by rubbing shoulders with the most famous creatives of his generation; Miró was open to the influence of any works of art, movement, manifestos, and schools. Nevertheless, his work …

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Maurizio Cattelan’s Hitler sculpture – World’s worst criminal regrets his sins

How much penance do the atrocities that Adolf Hitler committed in his lifetime require to be forgiven? This is perhaps the question which Maurizio Cattelan wanted to arouse in his audience when he drew a picture of the fascist leader in a kneeling position. There is nothing wrong with someone kneeling in prayer. In fact, …

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Chris Burden an got enormous meteorite on eBay for this installation

Chris Burden was not exactly an everyday artist. While his previous work usually involved a form of danger (see Shoot), his last works have still been about performance, but mostly involved creating very much advanced models of working machines. One of such of his works was sitting in the New Museum, New York, in 2013. …

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Mohamed Bourouissa’s Périphérique – Front row seat to Parisian ghetto

Mohamed Bourouissa’s photos, like those of many photojournalists’ work, feature impoverished, stylish young African and Arab men and women, some of who are immigrants. In contrast, others are the children of immigrants living in suburban housing projects on Paris’s peripheries. His works depict the tensions and the many issues that have implications for the daily …

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Christian Marclay: 7 stained glass windows you won’t see in any cathedral

As part of the reopening of Palais De Tokyo, Christian Marclay has designed a series of glass windows overlooking the Avenue du Président-Wilson. The Swiss and American artist, whose work explores the connections between sound and visual art, uses onomatopoeias taken from comic books as graphic expressions of noise. Seven Windows encapsulates sound through glass. …

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Etienne Lavie’s billboard project – Parisian art on the loose

Why visit a museum if you can just roam around the streets of Paris just to appreciate art? Through the hustle and bustle of the streets in Paris, it’s not hard to notice such unique placement of the classical French paintings, namely, La Liberté Guidant le peuple by Eugène Delacroix, Souvenir de Mortefontaine by Jean-Baptiste-Camille …

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