Vik Muniz is known in the art world for being an alchemist. Not only does he use ketchup, jam and chocolate as paint, he also incorporates solid objects such as thread, dust, toys, sugar and puzzle pieces to create curiously unique works of modern art. Muniz employs this diverse set of materials in order to reconstitute images capturing important moments and issues, often within the domains of art history and media.
Vik Muniz is a photographer at heart, however, and although he creates these art pieces by hand, he later photographs them and enlarges them for viewing. This self-conscious process questions both the role of the artist and the role of the spectator in creating the illusion that is art. Now, a large collection of Muniz's challenging photographic work is being brought together in an exhibition called Pictures of Magazine 2, presented by the Galerie Xippas until July 28, 2012. The Galerie Xippas is located in one of the hipper neighborhoods of Paris, hidden away from the normal tourist hotspots that become so overcrowded during peak seasons.
Most of Muniz's work revolves around iconography, and this exhibit is no exception. Many of his pieces have an impressionistic quality that fits in perfectly in Paris. He also plays with other iconic Parisian art movements, like cubism for example. Muniz pushes the boundaries to show that no art is sacred, mixing modern media with these high art movements: the Pictures of Magazine 2 exhibit is probably the first exhibit ever to evoke Picasso, Matisse and the Frankenstein monster at the same time. Visitors may not always understand all of the artist's references, but his work is nonetheless very intriguing.
Guests staying at one of the Grands Hotels Parisiens should not miss their chance to see this collection of singular artwork.