From April 2, 2014 to January 2, 2015, le Louvre museum is hosting Claude Lévêque’s exhibition “Sous le plus grand chapiteau du monde”. But, who is Claude Leveque? He is a French contemporary artist, a visual artist to be more specific, renowned on a global scale for being avant-garde. He has always perceived arts as a reflection of society. His preferred tool of work is the everyday environment, and his choices goes toward the creation of spaces and atmospheres. And mostly based on the use of image, sound and light (neon in particular).
‘Light and sound enact a complete metamorphosis. They are the twin primordial elements in any sensation. After that, come texture, visual images, atmosphere, objects and the rest.’ -Claude Lévêque.
Claude Lévêque’s new exhibition at Louvre invades the museum’s iconic entrance, the Ieoh Ming Pei’s Pyramid. If you have visited the Louvre recently, you might have noticed the changes done to the celebrated pyramid; a red neon flash running from the tip of the pyramid to the ground beneath. Neon is one of the artist’s favorite materials, as it allows him to evoke lightning and occupy a volume of air. The result is a monumental installation, a kind of “lightning-volcano”. The viewer’s experience changes from each angle and throughout the day and night.
“Sous le plus grand chapiteau du monde” exhibition is just the first chapter in an exhibition which in autumn 2015 will occupy the Louvre’s medieval moats.
Guests staying at Hôtel Louvre Marsollier should not miss such an innovative creation taking place just few steps from where you’re staying!