Christian Boltanski Takes Up the Monumenta Challenge in 2010


A general view of the installation artwork called "Personnes" by French artist Christian Boltanski for the Monumenta 2010 at the Grand Palais in Paris. Photo by REUTERS/Benoit Tessier.

PARIS.- MONUMENTA is an outstanding, ambitious artistic
encounter. Each year, a leading international contemporary artist is invited by
the Ministry of Culture and Communication to create an exceptional new work for
the 13,500 m² Nave of the Grand Palais, in the heart of Paris.
Following the success of the
first two MONUMENTA events, featuring Anselm Kiefer in 2007 and American
sculptor Richard Serra in 2008 – both of which attracted over 140,000 visitors
in five weeks – leading French artist Christian Boltanski takes up the Monumenta
challenge in 2010.
The exhibition is co-produced by the Centre national
des arts plastiques (French National Centre for the Visual Arts), the Grand
Palais and the Réunion des musées nationaux. On exhibition through 21 February,