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A City of the Future Is Revealed at the Grand Palais

From 10 May 2014 to 22 June 2014

Monumenta 2014 as conceived by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

In 2013, Paris's celebrated Monumenta event was postponed due to budget issues. In 2014, the project is finally seeing the light of day as both Parisians and visitors discover that the installation was worth the wait.

Monumenta 2014 is an immense art installation located within the beautiful Grand Palais until June 22, 2014. This year, the piece that was supposed to be seen last year will be only display.


The work, called 'The Strange City,' was created by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and it combines romanticism, modern art and Renaissance art. The piece is comprised of eight constructions that are supposed to represent a dystopian city. It is critical of certain innovations and technology that mankind has brought into the world, as it questions the concepts of time and happiness in Western society.

In this way, 'The Strange City' acts as both a celebration of life and a warning. The structures making up the city are white, cold and imposing. The buildings are 7.5 meters high and create an anxiety-inducing labyrinth that visitors must weave themselves through. Their is also beauty in the Kabakov's references to angels and to heaven. Spread out over 1,500 square meters, the Kabakov's creation is a must-see for any fans of contemporary art.