In the summer of 2012 the Grimaldi Forum Monaco renewed its link with contemporary art. After having celebrated the icon Andy Warhol in 2003, brought together Jean Pigozzi’s African collection in 2005 and extolled New York’s artistic creation in 2006, the Grimaldi Forum Monaco has invited the Centre Pompidou to exhibit a selection of its “large format” collection.
The exhibition “Extra Large” is conceived as a voyage through the modern and contemporary collections of the Centre Pompidou, focusing on fifty of its most monumental works, some of which are recent acquisitions or have never yet been exhibited in Europe. Goal: to lead the visitor into a head-swimming empathy with the work and enable him or her to discover the great names of 20th century art.
This spectacular journey, sometimes “dizzying”, punctuated by the great names of 20th and 21st century art, sheds a light on the concept of monumentality. It presents the very large format works of Joan Miró, Jean Dubuffet, Matta, Pierre Soulages, Frank Stella, Sam Francis, and Yan Pei-Ming, but also presents sculptures, installations and environments by Joseph Beuys, Christian Boltanski, Daniel Buren and including Sol LeWitt, Anish Kapoor and Bill Viola: masterpieces of modern and contemporary creation brought together in a deliberately “non-standard” presentation.
This project is the result of close cooperation between the Centre Pompidou and the Grimaldi Forum Monaco and is the dreamed of occasion for the Grimaldi Forum Monaco to show to best advantage its Espace Ravel jewel box and its 4000 square meters. And to cap it all, the evocation of this monumental approach to art is taking place in a country labeled as “the second smallest country in the world!” And this is far from being the last of the surprises for the public.