paris: monumenta

© anish kapoor - leviathan [2011]

there's a lot more to paris than the eiffel tower, and this month the monumenta exhibition demonstrates just that. a prestigious showcase supervised by the french ministry of culture, each year a major contemporary artist is invited to exhibit at the grand palais with an art work that occupies the entire space. this year's invitee is the amazing anish kapoor. he crafted leviathan, an enormous hollow structure shaped like an eggplant. although it has a deep purple colour, when entering the structure the back-lit shell turns a deep red. this show marks kapoor's return to the french capital, 30 years after his first exhibition there [on through jun 26]. location: avenue churchill [st.-honoré].