French painter Guillaume Bottazzi’s new monumental painting is on display at La Défense, Paris.
Commissioned by Sogecap and co-financed by Bouygues Immobilier, Sogeprom and Epadesa, the six-canvas polyptych comprises six canvases of six metres square. Bottazzi began painting it on 15 September 2014.
Bottazzi creates works in situ in urban surroundings but insists on an aesthetically enriching non-provocative style which avoids merging into the cityscape. Instead, he says, his work proposes a dialogue between the art and its site.
La Défense is the French capital city’s pre-eminent business district, reputedly the largest in Europe, and occupies an important part of the Paris Metropolitan Area and of the Île-de-France region.
Originally founded in 1958, La Défense is a magnet for artists and known for public art displays and installations from its early years. It is now home to 69 monumental works and is a frequent venue for art displays on a varying scale.
Guillaume Bottazzi was born in Italy in 1971 and has created about 40 monumental site-specific art works worldwide. One of his recent projects was in Sapporo, Japan, on the façades of the Miyanomori International Museum of Art, a work of 900 square metres hailed as a “jewel” of contemporary art in Hokkaido. The giant set of paintings in La Défense will remain on display “for a long time,” according to the artist’s spokesperson.