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For the last four years, the Grand Palais of Paris has been housing Monumenta, an art exhibition of grand magnitude in its premises. Open to everyone, this exhibition surely is a visual treat to all the conoisseurs of art.

Le Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées commonly known as the Grand Palais is located in the 8th arrondisement of Paris. The museum was conceived during the Universal Exposition of 1900 and has served as a site of art exhibitions since then. Various artists like Pablo Picasso have showcased their works at the Grand Palais. Besides being a salon, the monument has also served as a military hospital during World War I.

Today the edifice houses a police station along with the salons like Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux ArtsSalon d’Automne and Salon Comparaisons. Palais de la Decouverte, a science museum is also situated in the building. The famous couture fashion house Chanel annually hosts its fashion shows inside this grand construction.

Every year in the month of May, the Grand Palais, explodes with lively colours Monumenta held in the Grand Palais invites reknowned contemporary artists from across the world to exhibit their works in their gallery. As the name suggests, the works are indeed of gigantic proportions. Organized by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, this exhibition has been successful since its commencement in 2007.

Monumenta - Anish Kapoor

Monumenta - Anish Kapoor

Last year marked the exhibit of Anish Kapoor, an Indian born British sculptor. His most influential works include: Sky Mirror (2001), a gigantic concave mirror reflecting the sky and the street life around the esplanade of the Rockefeller Center in New York; and Cloud Gate (Chicago, 2004), an immense steel structure, absorbing the height of the buildings in its bean-like surface and challenging the city’s totally vertical urban design. For the fourth edition of  Monumenta, he installed his new work Leviathan, red in colour and aesthitically beautiful in the gallery. One week before its closure, the exhibition beat the record attendance for Monumenta, drawing 277,680 visitors, with peaks of up to 10,000 people per day.

Monumenta 2012 - Daniel Buren

Monumenta 2012 - Daniel Buren

Monumenta 2012 presents the French artist Daniel Buren. Born and brought up in Boulogne-Billancourt, Buren is well-known for his artwork involving stripes. He works with the colour, space, light of the environment to create his masterpiece. At present, his installation has found its place in the glass-domed expansive hall of the Grand Palais.

Monumenta like every year, has remained true its principle by bringing the massive work of  a famous contemporary artist.


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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

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