‘Carambolages' at the Grand Palais

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‘Carambolages' at the Grand Palais

A very original exhibition that seeks, according to the French daily ‘Libération', to ‘break the mould of the modern museum and its infatuation with classification and categorisation.'

The first room sets the tone: one encounters a brain-shaped city model by Anne and Patrick Poirier and a neon Ugo Rondinone piece with the illuminated words ‘Listen to your eyes'…

Through more than 180 works from all periods and cultures, ‘Carambolages' seeks to overturn the standard codes of art history by favouring instead an associative logic of ideas and forms, thus allowing the viewer to better navigate its many paintings, sculptures, and other objects. Each work enriches the previous one while announcing the next, through a cleverly designed itinerary—hence the name ‘Carambolages', which is French for a billiard ‘cannon' or ‘carom', a shot wherein the cue ball strikes two balls successively. The eclectic group of artists whose works are on display include François Boucher, Giacometti, Rembrandt, Man Ray, and Annette Messager. The result is an exhibition that is smart, seductive, and a lot of fun.

« Carambolages »
Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris

Until 4 July 2016


13 EUR

Thursday to Monday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.