This year The Grand Palais has invited Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov to exhibit at the annual Monumenta exhibition. The nave of the Grand Palais is an enormous space to work with and to curate an exhibition that can effectively make use of its grand volumes. Previous artists have done it fairly well. This year’s ‘Strange City’ installation has been partitioned off into various parts, taking the visitor through a journey of differently-themed sections, each meant to inspire introspection into the human condition.
Meditation and reflection are a requirement – instantly encouraged by the organ music at the very start of the tour, and the huge bell-like installation that is meant to look like the stained glass windows of a church. Thank goodness for the mediateurs because on my own, I would have been lost. It is the kind of exhibition that requires explanation. Unlike Buren (2012), Kapoor (2011) and other artists prior, the installations are less visual this year and more cerebral. The jury is still out about how I felt about it. Here’s the visual tour and more photos can be seen here.
The exhibition is only until June 22.
|‘The Empty Museum’ is meant o encourage visitors to sit and reflect for a while.|