As part of the demanding Festival d’Automne, the display of Armenian artist Anna Boghiguian (born in 1946, living and working in Cairo), is one of the major events of the art season. Called Gagne et Perd [Win and Lose] takes place within the emblematic glassed courtyard of the Palais des études des Beaux-Arts de Paris.
Used to very large scaled installations (she exhibited at the biennales of Sharjag, Venice and Istanbul, as well as the New York New Museum of Contemporary Art), Anna Boghiguian invents here a giant chessboard to deliver a metaphor about the complexity and the density of the relationships between the individuals of the contemporary world.
Two complete games are displayed. One that couldn’t be trendier in light of the police violence that infamously marked the years 2019 opposes a group of soldiers to demonstrators. The other opposes poets, thinkers and philosophers to political men and women.
We meet poet Tagore, Chavez, Ghandi, Queen Victoria… All in all, sixty-four pieces, all hand-painted on paper, smoothed on wood and hanging from the glass roof. Moreover, the installation is interactive since all these paper figures, tables and chairs are provided for the chess loving public. A chess tournament will also be held within the installation.
Don’t miss it!
From 10 October 2019 to 24 November 2019
Beaux-Arts de Paris
14 Rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris 6