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Leviathan, 2011 Site Specific Installation, Grand Palais, Paris © Courtesy of the artist and Grand Palais
Curated by: Jean de Loisy

Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
May 11th, 2011 - June 23rd, 2011

8th Arrondissement
+33 (0)
Sun-Mon, Thu 10-6; Wed, Fri-Sat 10-10
installation, sculpture


The sheer monumental scale of the Grand Palais provided the inspiration for a big idea: MONUMENTA.

For its fourth edition in 2011, MONUMENTA has invited Anish Kapoor, an Indian-born British artist, to challenge the 13,500 m2 of the Nave of the Grand Palais. After guest artists Anselm Kiefer, Richard Serra and Christian Boltanski, it will be the turn of Anish Kapoor to meet the challenge with a brand new work.

Born in 1954, Anish Kapoor has been producing powerful, meditative pieces since the 1980s. Making forceful use of the less-is-more principle, his installation-sculptures have a vertiginous, captivating impact on visitors. He uses materials as diverse as polished mirrors, powdered pigments, unsurfaced concrete or fatty wax, to produce forms that are at once organic and minimalist.

MONUMENTA marks Anish Kapoor's return to Paris, thirty years after his very first exhibition. His ambition for the Grand Palais is to create an aesthetic and physical shock, a colourful experience that is at once poetic, meditative and stunning, measuring itself against the verticality and light of the Nave, an interior that seems somehow greater than the exterior.


Opening times: Daily except Tuesday
From 10:00-19:00, Mondays and Wednesdays
From 10:00-24:00, Thursdays to Sundays
Admissions close 45 minutes before exhibition closing.

Standard admission: 5 € - Concessions: 2.5 €- Free admission for under-13s and other conditions (practical information)
Purchase your no-queues ticket online : click here
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Information and booking for groups:
Group admission (unaccompanied visit): 80.00 euros (up to 30 people)
Group guided tour (with guide): 200.00 euros (up to 30 people)

The event is an initiative of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (Direction générale de la création artistique) and is co-produced by the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP) and the Rmn-Grand Palais.
Commissioner: Jean de Loisy