English version : Daniel Buren »Les deux plateaux »


Les deux plateaux, also nicknamed by the Parisians « Les colonnes du Buren » because of the artist’s name.

This is a permanent sculpture installed in the yard of the Palais-Royal in Paris. The French President, François Mitterrand, commissions Daniel Buren. This public procurement was left to the discretion of the French President without any committee to approve his choice.

This permanent sculpture is scandalous because it is located in the parisian public space, Why was the Parisians -aka the financing- not consulted on this work of art ?

This interesting piece of art asks the question of the contemporary art, shown in historic site, all the more since the Palais-Royal is surrounded by the Conseil Constitutionnel, the Comédie Française, the French Minister of culture and the Louvres museum.

Daniel Buren’s draft is torned between the political changes (first « cohabitation during the fifth French Republique). Buren is alone to defend his project (Paris’ mayor Jacques Chirac stops the installation works because of administrative mistakes). The sculpture is degraded after the installation. It is restored in 2008, and opened 23 years after the public procurement.

After the scandal and all the issues, the government does not dare anymore to install permanent and public work of art, prefering the temporary exhibitions.

crédit: le web pédagogique

It is our coup de coeur!

Gwenola Bovis


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