Paris, 3020: Daniel Arsham Recasts Sculptural Masterpieces as Future Relics

New York-based artist Daniel Arsham likes to confound viewers with time-defying work that conflate past, present and future, and his latest exhibition at Perrotin Paris, “Paris, 3020”, doesn’t disappoint. On view until March 21, 2020, the show presents a new body of work that re-imagines the sculptural masterpieces of major European museums such as Musée du Louvre in Paris, Acropolis Museum in Athens and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna as eroded relics encountered some time in the far future (the year 3020 perhaps). Intermingling periods and subjects – Greek mythological friezes meet busts of Roman dignitaries meet Renaissance religious statues meet Baroque decorative sculptures – in what is both a homage and a critique of the canons of Western Art and the enduring power of their iconography.

View of the exhibition “3020” at Perrotin Paris. Photo by Claire Dorn. © Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin.
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