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Published: 26 Jan 2012

24hr Museum of Decadence


Outlandish Italian video and conceptual artist Francesco Vezzoli, who is famed for working with the likes of Roman Polanski and Gore Vidal, unveiled a 24-hour pop-up museum on Tuesday (January 24) in Paris.

Designed by experimental architectural firm AMO, the museum is hosted in the Palais d’léna and funded by luxury fashion house Prada, which shares a decadent aesthetic with Vezzoli. The Palais, which once operated as a museum, is now the seat of France’s economic, social and environmental council.

The museum launch began with a private dinner, after which the museum transformed into a nightclub bedecked with metal cages, neon lights, goddess sculptures and, said Vezzoli, “vainglorious items you might find on the way to a brothel in Las Vegas”.

Vezzoli’s aim may have been simply to “make people smile”, but his work is also a humorous reflection on money, art and indulgence.

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