Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Leviathan lands in Parisian museum

arch.jpg
arch2.jpg
arch3.jpg

Stroll into Paris’s Grand Palais and you’ll be plunged into darkness. A few steps later and you will be inside ‘Leviathan’: the recently unveiled piece by British artist Anish Kapoor.

A 35-metre tall structure (the height of 19 men), ‘Leviathan’ is made from PVC stretched over a giant metal frame. Appearing to be a dark purple colour on the outside, as you walk through it, the light flooding in from the exhibition hall’s glass ceiling reveals the true colour to be red.

It’s this year’s ‘Monumenta’ — an annual commission where an internationally renowned artist is presented with the task of creating something to take residence in the Grand Palais’ vast 13,500 sq m hall.

Previous years have seen sculptors Richard Serra and Christian Boltanski rise to the challenge. It also marks Turner Prize-winner Kapoor’s return to the French capital 30 years on from his first exhibition there, and he’s used the occasion to speak out against the Chinese government holding fellow artist Ai Weiwei. The man behind the 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall earlier this year is said to be in an undisclosed location for similarly undisclosed “economic” irregularities.

Anyone would think all this work would have earned Kapoor the time to kick back in his favourite chair. But instead, the artist has accepted a commission to design the key landmark for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

It will dwarf ‘Leviathan’ when it’s completed — standing proud at 116 metres tall. That’s 81 metres higher than the Paris-based work. Not that we’re boasting. OK, just a little.

Related

rexfeatures_1266588e.jpg

Bouncy castle (for adults)

globes_super.jpg

Turning globes into art

Pic 4.jpg

The Transformers House

Comments

More

The Daily Mash and the BBC are teaming up for a new satire show

It'll be helmed by the up-and-coming stand-up Nish Kumar

by Tom Mendelsohn
24 Mar 2017

They've invented a new type of humblebrag and it's just as bad as the

You definitely know one of these people

by Tom Mendelsohn
24 Mar 2017

A real-life Jurassic Park is coming to the UK this summer

Get ready to be scared shitless

by Matt Tate
24 Mar 2017

The Daily Mail have finally lost the plot with their latest front page

We should ban Google apparently

by Dave Fawbert
24 Mar 2017

Charlton Athletic unveil touching tribute to PC Keith Palmer

Police officer killed in London attack was a keen football fan

by Dave Fawbert
23 Mar 2017

This retired racehorse has absolutely zero chill

"Woah Shamrock"

by Matt Tate
22 Mar 2017

This Monopoly board show how much it actually costs to live in London

Oh well, renting forever

by Gary Ogden
22 Mar 2017

This 'new catnip' will get your cat off its tits

Thanks science

by Emily Reynolds
22 Mar 2017

Everyone is mad about Mary Berry's pie

No soggy bottoms here

by Emily Reynolds
22 Mar 2017

Spare a thought for the Cadbury social media manager

Guess what? The internet is wrong again

by Emily Reynolds
22 Mar 2017