Place Vendôme

  • Place Vendôme

  • During one month in October, FIAC invites an artist to install a major artwork or imagine a specific project for the Place Vendôme.
    This prestigious Parisian square provides an ideal context for contemporary creation. Like a jewellery box set in stone, the Place Vendôme incarnates creation, excellence and savoir-faire.

    During FIAC week, a cultural mediation service is provided by students of the Ecole du Louvre.

  • Elmgreen & Dragset

  • To Whom It May Concern, 2018

    100 starfish in bronze, steel, patina
    Variable dimensions

    Perrotin, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai

    For Place Vendôme, Elmgreen & Dragset will install 100 red starfish scattered around the square. In contrast to traditional monumental public sculptures, the work adopts the horizontality of minimal land art and subtly takes over the plaza like a swarm of friendly intruders.

    According to legend, starfish have been considered reflections of the stars in the sky on the ocean floor. Even though these creatures do not have brains, they can move and sense the world around them through instincts and reflexes. But these mysterious and magical creatures have over the last decades become threatened due to environmental pollution.

    It is as if rising water has engulfed the very center of Paris, leaving red starfish spread around the square in its wake – a nod to the Paris Climate Agreement and its challenges. The 100 red starfish remind us not only of the urgency of change today, but they also, through their ability to regenerate and survive even radical amputations, symbolize hope for regrowth and new living modes.

    In conjunction with FIAC, Perrotin Paris presents a solo exhibition of Elmgreen & Dragset from October 13 to December 22, 2018. The installation To Whom It May Concern has been acquired ahead of its presentation by Dragonfly Collection, it will then go to the Domaine des Etangs in Massignac, in the Charentes region.

    Main sponsor:
    Groupe Mirabaud
    FIAC receives the support of Mirabaud, financial and banking group founded in Geneva in 1819.

    Portrait © Elmgreen & Dragset


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