On May 11, there was a big opening at the Grand Palais—literally, huge. This year marks the fourth installment of Monumenta, a free program organized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in which an internationally renowned artist (Richard Serra is a former participant) is invited to build a piece that utilizes the 44,300-square footage and 150-foot height of the Grand Palais's nave. The 2011 contributor, Indian-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor, whose past work includes the Sky Mirror at Rockefeller Center in New York and Cloud Gate in Chicago, created a giant red globular structure called Leviathan that dwarfs the people gaping at it. Visitors can walk inside its central space and be swathed in vibrant red light. As they say, go big or go home. Through June 23 at 1 Ave. du Général Eisenhower; 33-1/44-13-17-30; monumenta.com.
Photo by Didier Plowy – All rights reserved Monumenta 2011, French Ministry for Culture and Communication