The Greatest Show on Earth at the Louvre

Publish on Friday, 12 September 2014
in category Exhibitions & Museum

You’re certain to want to see ‘Sous le plus grand chapiteau du monde’, a spectacular contemporary art exhibition at the Louvre featuring the work of acclaimed artist Claude Lévêque. The event will run until January 2nd 2015, and with a comfortable and stylish room at Hotel Opéra Lafayette, you’ll be ideally placed for easy access to the Louvre by taxi or metro.

Claude Lévêque’s signature material is undoubtedly neon, and he is well known on the international scene for his innovative pieces. This thrilling new installation at the Louvre makes remarkable use of the museum’s iconic glass pyramid entrance that was designed by IM Pei. Claude Lévêque has created an enormous lightning bolt in brilliant red neon that runs from the tip of the pyramid and flashes to the ground below.

Part of a larger project

This amazing installation is one of the most exciting concepts to hit the art world since Doris Salcedo made a ‘crack’ in the floor of London’s Tate Modern back in 2007. Claude Lévêque’s outstanding use of light and air is easily as impressive and is part of an ongoing project with Tony Cragg, Wim Delvoye and Loris Gréaud that will extend to the underground keep and moat of the medieval Louvre.

What makes this project even more exciting is that it’s an ‘in situ’ work, and Claude Lévêque will be in attendance for the duration of the event as he works on this sensational piece. Go along to be impressed by the amazing lightning bolt and to see the artist at work in the prestigious setting of the Louvre, one of Paris’ best loved, and certainly most recognisable, venues.


Claude Lévêque - The Biggest Tent in the World, exhibition until December 31, 2015
under the Louvre pyramid - free access under the pyramid
Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1er
Metro : Louvre-Rivoli or Tuileries, line 1


Picture copyright holder : Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Marc Bertrand

Hotel Opéra Lafayette, a 3* hotel in Paris between Gare du Nord and Opera area

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