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Hanging sculptures bring a 1930s icon to life in Paris

Journey through 100 years of abstract art

The cavernous halls of Paris’s modern classical icon, Palais d’Iéna have been hung with giant abstract sculptures this week – exploring 100 years of the kinetic art form.

Hanging sculptures bring a 1930s icon to life in Paris
Installation views Suspension: A History of Abstract Hanging Sculpture. 1918-2018 © Benoît Fougeirol/CESE.Palais d’Iéna, architecte Auguste Perret, UFSE, SAIF

Suspension: A History of Abstract Hanging Sculpture (1918 – 2018) runs throughout FIAC until 28 October and brings together the more than 50 artworks by the 20th century’s greatest sculptors, including Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder and contemporaries such as Ernesto Neto and Leonor Antunes.

Set within the context of Auguste Perret’s 1937 building, the sculptures – curated by Matthew Poirier in collaboration with Olivier Malingue, London – come to life as they are activated by gentle breezes and natural daylight streaming through the Palais’ windows. These colossal mobiles and non-static structures reframe the building while forcing the viewer to look at them in fresh light.

Hanging sculptures bring a 1930s icon to life in Paris
Installation views Suspension. A History of Abstract Hanging Sculpture. 1918-2018 © Benoît Fougeirol/CESE.Palais d’Iéna, architecte Auguste Perret, UFSE, SAIF

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