It was only a matter of time before Anish Kapoor, sculptor-extraordinaire of all things bulbous, shiny and massive, was invited to fill up the exhibition hall at Paris' Grand Palais. His new, site specific work, "Leviathan," fills the colossal hall with the 115 foot tall sculpture made of PVC stretched over a metal frame. Visitors can walk into the dark, concave spaces inside, reinforcing the monumental scale of the work.
In the video below, Swiss website Vernissage.tv interviews Kapoor about the Palais and his attempts to fill it. Kapoor explains, "It is as if the building is both bigger and brighter than the space outside." He wrinkles his nose and gesticulates to describe the biblical Leviathan, and dodges the interviewer's attempts to pin down the meaning and narrative of the work.
"MONUMENTA," the annual single-artist exhibition at Paris' Grand Palais, kicked off in 2007, and already represents one of the most exciting and ambitious projects in contemporary art. Past exhibitions have given Anselm Kiefer, Richard Serra and Christian Boltanski free reign over the space, located between the Seine and the Champs-Élysées.