Uncertain times call for unorthodox ideas.
Perrotin Gallery is collaborating with Paris’ Grand Palais for a giant scavenger hunt, which will take place October 24 and 25. The rules are simple: Participants have to locate 20 artworks by contemporary artists that have been hidden around the empty nave of the Palais. Even more surprisingly, they can take home any artwork that they have found.
Participants will go on the hunt for works that 20 international artists on Perrotin’s rooster have donated for the event. Among them are Takashi Murakami, JR, Daniel Arsham, Emily Mae Smith, Laurent Grasso, Iván Argote,Aya Takanoand Bharti Kher.
“Since we don’t know where we are going, it is almost as if anything is possible: immense, adventurous, and unapologetic projects make us feel connected to the world in this moment…Works of art are more precious than ever, which is why it is important to offer them to as many people as possible,” art dealer Emmanuel Perrotin said in a statement.
The idea for “Wanted!” stems from a project by Elmgreen & Dragset organized in September 2016 by Perrotin Gallery. The Berlin-based artist duo staged an art fair booth in the empty nave of the Grand Palais a month before the opening of the FIAC contemporary art fair.
The 2020 edition of the Parisian event was recently canceled in reaction to a surge in coronavirus cases in France.
In order to comply with social-distancing guidelines, the 13,500 square-metre nave of the glass-roofed Grand Palais, which is also known as a venue for Chanel runway shows, will be filled to 20 percent capacity, and face masks will be compulsory during the entire scavenger hunt.
“Like many… works of art are usually not within my grasp, and I cannot have everything that I see,” Chris Dercon, president of the Grand Palais, said in a statement.
“With ‘Wanted!’, the value of the work depends on the effort made by the visitors. Indeed, the true love of art is often a matter of chance: you often find what you were not really looking for. And it’s also true that in many public and private collections, works of art are hidden.”
(Main and featured image: Takashi Murakami /Kaikai Kiki/ Perrotin Gallery)