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Monaco Life Art Contributor Marcos Marin takes us to the banks of the River Seine where his bust of Princess Grace features nearby the controversial memorial by Jeff Koons.     [ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”2″ ihc_mb_template=”1″ ] Paris had never been so crowded with art, especially during the week of the FIAC International Contemporary Art Fair in late October. As never before, Paris hosted a series of exhibitions of contemporary monumental works. From the Jardin de Tuilleries to Avenue George V, more than a hundred works delighted the public for free.

Jeff Koons' tribute to the Paris terrorist attack victims, 'Bouquet of Tulips'
Jeff Koons’ tribute to the Paris terrorist attack victims, ‘Bouquet of Tulips’
On the banks of the River Seine, historical moments are remembered with all the power of art. The huge bouquet of tulips by Jeff Koons, made in honour of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, impresses with its sheer volume and daringness. In the gardens of the Petit Palais on banks of the Seine, the piece gives a strong emotion in its tribute. Also in homage, the Optical Portrait of Grace Kelly, or Princess Grace, my masterpiece celebrating the 90th birthday of the actress and Princess In Memoriam. It was installed at the entrance of the Ponte de l’Alma, just in front of the flame of the Statue of Liberty. It is a place full of memories as it was right there that, tragically, Lady Diana was the victim of a car accident that led to her death in August 1997.
Marcos Marin's 'Optical Portrait of Grace Kelly' in Paris
Marcos Marin’s ‘Optical Portrait of Grace Kelly’ in Paris
The flower bouquets traditionally placed there are now split between the two princesses. Grace’s beautiful face with all the kinetic optical effects characteristic of my work is framed by the majestic scene of Paris, the Eiffel Tower in the background, and the golden glow of the flame of the Statue of Liberty creating an idyllic setting.   Read more: Interview: Brazilian artist Marcos Marin [/ihc-hide-content]  

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