Since 2007 the Grand Palais has invited international contemporary artists to fill the massive glass enclosed nave with an installation especially designed for the space. Past artists have included Anselm Kiefer, Richard Serra, Christian Boltanski, Anish Kapoor, Daniel Buren and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.
Huang Yong Ping, considered the founder of contemporary art in China, was the artist chosen for 2016 and the installation is called Empires.
The first thing I encountered after the entrance were a group of colorful industrial containers stacked upon one another leading to the centerpiece of the exhibition, a 130-ton aluminum serpent skeleton that snakes its way around the container. Ping has lived in Paris since 1989 and in an ode to his new found home, there’s an enlarged version Napoleon’s Bicorne hat, which he wore at the Battle of Eylau.
The best view of Empires is upstairs in the mezzanine, where you can see the full breadth of the work along with the interplay of the containers and the serpent skeleton.
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Vincent and I want to thank everyone so much who has generously contributed to the Kickstarter campaign for his film After Louie starring Alan Cummings. There is till time for you to contribute something if you like and the deadline is Tuesday, May 31. Here is the link for further information: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/afterlouie/after-louie-a-film-by-vincent-gagliostro
Eye Prefer Paris Postcards
I am thrilled to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Postcards, a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription service where the subscriber receives three physical postcards of my iconic Paris photos every month. Each month will have a specific theme, from architectural street scenes to romantic outdoor cafes to beautiful gardens to unique shots of iconic monuments. Each mailing will include two postcards in color and one in black & white or sepia, beautifully packaged in a special French Blue postcard holder with a custom designed seal.
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New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 195 euros per person (about $210)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
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