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Dossier : 5 installations urbaines à découvrir à Paris

Controversy yesterday, appreciated today, the installations arranged by contemporary artists in the streets of the capital often provoke media debates before melting into the urban landscape. After the recent controversy Bouquet of Tulips by Jeff Koons, the Muuuz editorial office offers you a tour of the most remarkable and remarkable urban facilities in Paris!

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Columns of Buren, 1986

Called "Columns of Buren", The two trays is an installation made by the French artist Daniel Buren in 1986 in the Court of Honor of the Royal Palace (1er arrondissement). Following a public commission launched by the Minister of Culture Jack Lang in 1983, the artist conceives a very urban work: a set of 260 marble cylinders dressed with the famous Buren stripes and arranged in two plans. Today star of feed Instagram, The Two Plateaux have yet leaked a lot of ink in the 1980 years. The project has long been the subject of media controversy and legal action by critics who are strongly opposed to the installation of a contemporary work in a classified historic site. In more than thirty years, the columns have finally put everyone in agreement.

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The Stravinsky Fountain, 1983

The Stravinsky Fountain is the fruit of the collaboration between Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, iconic couple of contemporary art. Built in 1983 on a square adjacent to the Pompidou Center (4th arrondissement), the installation pays tribute to the Russian musician Igor Stravinsky. It includes sixteen mechanized monumental sculptures each referring to a composition of the artist. Both animated, colorful and hybrid, the masterpiece was born thanks to the public funding and support of Claude Pompidou.

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Bouquet of Tulips, Jeff Koons, 2019 - Champs Elysees Garden

After three years of controversy, the Bouquet of Tulips by American artist Jeff Koons is now sitting on a lawn square in the Jardin des Champs Elysée. The monumental flower bouquet was imagined by the artist in 2016 as a gift to a Paris recently hit by the attacks. An attention that does not seem to be to everyone's taste and which, once inaugurated, continues to be talked about. If the artist sees references to the Statute of Liberty and the Bouquet of friendship Picasso, large number of French considers this present as a proof of opportunism and describes the lack of refinement of sculpture. She was vandalized last week, and cleaned since. Never has a bouquet of flowers been so controversial!

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The beautiful costume, Jean Dubuffet, 1998 - Tuileries Garden

The Jeu de Paume, the Louvre or the Musée de l'Orangerie, many are the artistic institutions that punctuate the life of the Tuileries Garden. It is in this context of cultural effervescence that in December 1998, the State and the National Fund of Contemporary Art Direction of Architecture and Heritage ask a dozen sculptors to populate the Parisian park of contemporary works . Among them, The Beautiful Costume Dubuffet intertwines passers by its quirky shape and its primary colors. This sculpture 4 meter high from the cycle Hourloupe artist is an epoxy enlargement of a model imagined 1973. King of the art brut, Dubuffet enchants the walks of the 1er arrondissement Sunday with this naive and endearing character.

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Heart of Paris, Joana Vasconcelos, 2019 - Porte de Clignancourt

Set up on the occasion of Valentine's Day as part of the artistic accompaniment of the extension of Greater Paris, the heart of the French-Portuguese visual artist Joana Vasconcelos celebrates her love for Paris and her Portuguese roots. Culminating at 9 meters high, the installation consists of a mat and a big red heart covered with 3 800 azulejos, tiles typical of the Iberian Peninsula. Egging the neighborhood of the Porte de Clignancourt, the work has even cringe the premises that condemns its price 650 000 euros funded with the taxpayer. Not just love for Joana Vasconcelos.

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