Each year Monumenta invites an internationally-renowned artist to turn
their vision to the vast Nave of Paris’ Grand Palais and to create a new
artwork especially for this space. Monumenta is an artistic interaction on
an unparalleled scale, filling 13,500m² and a height of 35m.
Thirty years after his first exhibition in Paris, Monumenta marks Anish
Kapoor’s return to the French capital. He is considered as one of the most
important sculptors of our time. His work has profoundly enlarged the scope
of contemporary sculpture, as much by his mastery of monumental scale as
by the colourful sensuality and apparent simplicity emanating from his works.
All this contributes to the fascination they hold for the public at large, as
demonstrated, for example, by the popular success of Cloud Gate in
Born in Bombay in 1954, he has lived in London since the 1970s. His work
rapidly gained international recognition and has been awarded numerous
prizes, including the famous Turner Prize, which he won in 1991. His career
has been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions at the world’s most
prestigious museums, including the Louvre, the Royal Academy, Tate
Modern, etc. Recently, he has been commissioned to design the key
landmark for the forthcoming Olympic Games in London: a 116-metre-high
sculpture entitled « Orbit ».