Monumenta 2014: The Strange City – Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

May 19th, 2014

For the 6th time since 2007 Paris has turned the Nef of the Grand Palais over to a world-renowned artist to create an installation.  This year’s selection, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, American artists of Russian origin, have created a utopian city which invites the public to reflect on the human condition as they wander from room to room of the structure they’ve built in the Nef.  As always, Monumenta also provides the opportunity to experience this wonderful glass-domed space built of the Universal Exhibition of 1900.

If afterwards you find yourself hungry the Mini Palace restaurant is just next door (for meals or upscale snacks).  Or try the less expensive, self-serve cafe in the Petit Palais just across the street (the cafe is accessible without museum entry and, if the weather’s nice, there’s a lovely courtyard).

Monumenta, open daily except Tuesday through June 22nd. Monday/Wednesday/Sunday 10-7, Thursday/Friday/Saturday 10-midnight.

Entrance – Avenue Winston Churchill.  Metro: Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1, 9).       Click here for a map of the Grand Palais (to make locating the entrance easier) and here to buy tickets online.

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