Retour à la Caverne
Collage, Paris, France, 2023
Technique : lithograph printed on Marinoni machine & manual collage
Paper : White paper BFK Rives - 250 grams
Numbered /50 on the bottom left corner
Signed by JR on the bottom right corner (embossed and lead)
Retour à la Caverne, Collage, Paris, 2023 is the new hand-finished lithograph from JR's most recent project Retour à la Caverne. Referencing the stage sets of epic operas, Retour à la caverne, Act I shows a vast cavern entrance filled with rocks and light. Framing these natural formations, the Palais Garnier appears to be stuck between times. The 19th-century romantic architecture of the building seems to be in ruins, yet contemporary scaffolding is present, a reference to the fragility of Parisian monuments and the necessary work that physically supports their eternality. Walking up the Avenue de l’Opéra, Retour à la caverne, Act I beckoned viewers to peer inside, invoking Plato’s allegory of the cave - a place of knowledge and transmission.
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