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Oct 2011
Vol.30 No. 8

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Leviathan: Anish Kapoor at the Grand Palais
by Ann Albritton
For the fourth installment of Monumenta, Anish Kapoor transformed the elegant Grand Palais in Paris with a surreal, space-invading installation. Instead of walking into the museum proper, visitors entered a gigantic, womb-like world where orifices suspended high overhead morphed into other mysterious spaces. From the street, there was no indication of Kapoor’s work. Leviathan did not become visible until visitors passed through a single air-tight revolving door into a brightly colored, totally enclosed bubble. (The other doors were for emergency use only.) Most people entering the installation expressed surprise at the size, the color, and the space. Someone asked about the possibility of running up the sides toward those orifices, but quickly realized that there would be no exit. Before the installation opened, Kapoor said that “visitors will be invited to walk inside the work, to immerse themselves in color, and it will, I hope, be a contemplative and poetic experience.” Click here to read the entire article online!

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Leviathan, 2011. Exterior view of work at the Grand Palais, Paris.

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