El Anatsui Wraps Entire Building Façade for Paris Triennial

As part of the third Paris Triennial, which opened in April and continues through late August, the Ghanaian, Nigeria-based sculptor El Anatsui — known for his rippling, quilt-like wall pieces made of aluminum tied together with copper wire — has wrapped an entire outer wall of the Galliera at the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris in just such a metallic cloak marked with shiny and reflective patches.

The installation, “Broken Bridge” (2012), is one of two pieces that the leading African artist contributed to the sprawling exhibition, whose theme this year is “Intense Proximity.” Anatsui’s other featured work, “Tiled Flower Garden” (2012), is a large floor piece installed at the newly renovated Palais de Tokyo.

The two Parisian installations are part of a big year of Anatsui, whose retrospective of large-scale pieces “Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui,” has just opened at the Akron Art Museum, where it continues through October 7, by which time he will have opened an exhibition of new works at his New York gallery, Jack Shainman.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photos by Erik Lasalle. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)