As part of the Fetes de la Seine programme, a new Parisian arts venue has opened in a vaulted space beneath the Alexander III bridge, writes Robin Wilson. Currently this is home to 'L'Art dans le Monde 2000', an initiative of Beaux Arts magazine to bring together an eclectic mix of work from 100 young artists of different nationalities nominated by 24 art magazines.
Those involved include Bang (Thailand), Atlantica (the Caribbean) and Tavoos (Iran). Torie Begg represents British interests with the piece Fuckloveallyouneedisagreatpairofshoes .
Pictured left is a work by Antoni Socias.
Completed in 1900 for the international exhibition, outwardly the bridge is a gaudy product of the Belle Epoque. However, the art has been placed within the structural volumes of Resal and Alby's engineering, in spaces of an industrial plainness. Symbolically, this re-use marks a major shift in the equation between art and its architectural context. The bridge was built to serve two showcase exhbition halls, the Grand and the Petit Palais. Art now inhabits the invisible space, the by-product of the nineteenthcentury's urban theatricality.