Monumenta 2016: Huang Yong Ping at the Grand Palais

Monumenta is an out of the ordinary challenge, a one-of-a-kind installation in the central hall of the Grand Palais. For its seventh year, the RMN has invited great Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping to tackle the 114ft high nave in the Grand Palais. Come see this installation, named Empires, from May 8th to June 18th, 2016!

For this Monumenta 2016, the French cultural organization Réunion des Musées Nationaux has invited Huang Yong Ping to take on the grandeur of the Grand Palais. Huang Yong Ping is considered the founder of contemporary art in China and currently lives in the southeastern suburbs of the Paris region. He will be presenting his immersive installation that claims to be surprising. His exhibit called Magiciens de la Terre (Magicians of the Earth) in 1989 got him noticed in France, when his installation of machine-washed books took over the Great Hall of La Villette, and he was praised for his Arche de Noé grandeur nature in the Beaux Arts de Paris chapel. This artist likes to create surprising and monumental works, so it goes without saying that he will be in his element in the workspace of the nave of the Grand Palais, with 114ft high ceilings.

For Monumenta 2016, Huang Yong Ping has created an immense and enthralling installation he calls Empires. The spectacular project is "made up of a colorful architecture with eight small islands, which are towered over by a large structure. This structure casts a shadow with a direction and shape, blends in with the metallic veins of the glass dome, symbolizing today’s economy."

In this way, the installation represents the world today, split into eight parts that confront one another like the Empires, that reflect strategies, tactics, politics, art and the art of war, the will of power and wealth, ruins, birth or the rebirth of society!

After l’Étrange Cité (Strange City), a large, white, and slightly frightening maze presented by Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov in 2014, we are excited to see Huang Yong Ping’s colorful Empires!

Practical info:

Monumenta 2016, Huang Yong Ping at the Grand Palais

From May 8th to June 18th 2016

Where: Grand Palais

Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 am-7 pm, Thursday-Saturday from 10am-10pm, Closed on Tuesdays

Ticket prices to be determined

Elodie D.
Last updated on 9 May 2016


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Opening Time
From 8 May 2016 to 18 June 2016



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    75008 Paris 8

    M° Champs-Elysées Clemenceau

    tarif normal: 10 €
    2 adultes et 2 jeunes 16-25 ans: 25 €
    tarif réduit: 5 €

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