Each year, the Grand Palais in Paris offers the entire nave to a sole artist for a great challenge called Monumenta. This year, the French artist Daniel Buren follows in the footsteps of Anselm Keifer, Richard Serra, Christian Boltanski and Anish Kapoor. With his in situpiece, “Excentrique(s)” — which means both “elliptical” and “eccentric” — Buren has built a true artificial landscape: a fascinating forest with a canopy of circle-shaped colored pergolas.The visitors’ path in this forest leads to a sort of clearing under the Palais’ large central dome.
There, huge circular mirrors are installed, reflecting the ambient colours of the installation in a magical way.
After spending a while in the installation, “Excentique(s)” becomes a very intimate space; life is seen through many different hues and we simply want to remain and be immersed in its magic. By Cécile Poignant.