LVMH has supported Monumenta since the first edition in 2007. The unique exhibition cycle invites a renowned international artist to present their work under the awe-inspiring glass roof in the nave of the Grand Palais in Paris. Six exhibitions have been held here since the creation of Monumenta.
Organized at the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Monumenta exhibition has invited artists Anselm Kiefer, Richard Serra, Christian Boltanski, Anish Kapoor, Daniel Buren and the duo Emilia and Ilya Kabakov to each create a single, grandiose and spectacular work in the enormous 13,500 m2 Grand Palais nave. Each artist was able to put their own individual talents towards combining the history of the building – constructed in 1900 to showcase the excellence of French architects for the Paris World’s Fair – with the extravagance, originality and impertinence of contemporary art.
For the 2014 edition, Ylia and Emilia Kabakov transformed the nave into their “Strange City”, a befuddling labyrinth of a utopian city as well as an initiation journey. The visiting public was invited to lose themselves in the five pavilions and two chapels included in the exhibit. The mysterious maze called into question the relationships between humanity and the divine.
Sponsorship from the LVMH group, the long-term partner of Monumenta, enables this utterly unique event to take place, and also contributes to the promotion of contemporary design among the general public and young people in particular.