Paris: Brazilian invades the Panthéon

Posted on December 8, 2006


by eye prefer paris

As a Paris insider, I have an embarrassing admission to make: I’ve never been to The Panthéon. Quelle Horreur! Sunday afternoon I finally went, and the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto’s astounding installation was worth the wait.

The installation, inspired by a sea monster in the Book of Job, is a series of white fabric sculptures filled with tiny grains of white polystrene, where the shapes look like a combination of white tear drops, cow udders, and snow filled balloons. Words don’t do it justice and the pictures help, but it’s simply one of those things you have to experience in person. This installation jumps to the top of my Eye Need to Do List and absolutely don’t miss it.

Ernesto Neto’s Leviathan Thot at The Panthéon
Place de Panthéon, 75005
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine, Line 10
Open until December 31st

Pantheon Facts:
Originally built as a church, The Pantheon is one of the great neo-classic buildings of Paris, and it later became a temple and burial ground. Designed by Jacques-Germain Soufflot, it was not completed till 1789, 9 years after his death by his student Jean-Baptiste Rondelet. Located under the central dome of is the famous Focault pendant. Voltaire, Rousseau, Marat, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Jean Moulin, Marie Curie, Louis Braille are all buried in the necropolis (cemetery).