For the fifth edition of Paris' Monumenta art event, French conceptual artist Daniel Buren has taken over the Grand Palais with his exhibition Excentrique(s). Following on from Anish Kapoor's suitably monumental sculptural installation for last year's event, Buren has been faced with the challenge of filling the vast glass-and-steel structure of the Grand Palais with a specially commissioned, site-specific work.
The artist, who is known for his minimalist work, has created a bright and colourful field of transparent circles, all held up by columns in Buren's signature black and white stripes. Colour is also a central part of Buren's work, as an element that he uses to convey pure thought - as he says, "It (colour) cannot be transcribed into music, words, philosophy or anything else. It is raw!”
The viewer walks through this landscape of colour, being alternately bathed in orange, yellow, blue and green light as they pass under each circle through which the outdoor sunlight shines, making the viewer a part of the work and the work a three-dimensional and sensorial experience which fits its setting of the glass-ceilinged Grand Palais and exploits its extraordinary light.
The centre of the Grand Palais is empty of this field of coloured circles, and instead there is an open space with circular mirrors on the ground, on which the viewer can stand and see themselves and the circular and blue-stained glass roof of the Grand Palais reflected in one field of vision, again uniting the venue, the work and the viewer in one singular concept.
Daniel Buren - Monumenta 2012
Until 21st June 2012
Grand Palais, 1 avenue General Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
Open every day except Tues, 10am-7pm (midnight Thurs-Sun)
All photos copyright Kim Laidlaw Adrey