New York-based interdisciplinary artist, Daniel Arsham whose artistic efforts stretches beyond traditional art world platforms, has been preparing for his upcoming exhibit entitled Moonraker at Musée Guimet in Paris, France. Filling the museum with a dozen of antiquity-inspired iconic works of sculptures. The festoon of a headless female deity and the Venus of Arles were several pieces that caught his interest. Discovering the details, and putting it together to partly separate it again, except for the arms.
“I like that work because of the layering of histories,” he says. “It adds to the idea that archaeology is not fixed as we often imagine.” – French sculptor François Girardon.
This series showed the continuation of ideas in Arsham’s practice. His past strifes are depicted in most of his works and are present in his collaboration with Snarkitecture. Highlighting his partnerships with several fashion designers Dior, Porsche, Pharrell Williams, Hedi Slimane, and Adidas; together with the famous choreographer Merce Cunningham.
“There is a sense in my works that they can float in time, even if they seem in a state of decay, they could be falling apart or growing to some kind of completion.” – Daniel Arsham.
“There is a sense in my works that they can float in time.” Daniel Arsham
There is a vast collection of sculpture that will be showcased throughout the Muse Guimet. A Kyoto-inspired zen garden will be the centre of Moonraker, where night patterns are raked into the ground, which will be heightened by the moonlight’s angle. The show’s title is a nautical term. It is also a made-up term that refers to himself.
“When you are raking you are gathering things which, in a sense, is what I have done with the works in the museum – I have raked them together.”
The zen-garden will be in blue color giving tribute to the chemist, and the father of Musée Guimet’s founder, Sir Jean-Baptiste Guimet who created “Guimet blue” in 1828 — a synthetic ultramarine. Hugely related to color blindness, Arsham’s eyesight was corrected back in 2015 with EnChroma Technology’s special lenses. It gave him a broader feeling of color, but it seemed to him the most are still in a muted palette.
There was hope amid lockdown. Allowing Arsham to go back to painting and prepare for an exhibit at Perrotin in NYC. This exhibit consists of several contemporary architectural fantasies, blurring the lines of different places and times.