The original Venus of Arles was discovered in several pieces at the Roman theatre at Arles in 1651. The head appeared first, at a depth of six feet, which spurred further excavations. Later, after it had been given in 1681 to Louis XIV to decorate the Hall of Mirrors of Versailles, further excavations were made in the area of the theatre, but no further fragments were found. The statue was seized from the royal collection during the Revolution and has been at the Louvre Museum ever since its inception. A copy is on display in the municipal building in Arles. In Daniel Arsham's version, the artist has re-imagined the work with erosions in grey selenite and quartz, adding to the rich narrative behind the work's physical evolution through time.
About The Gallery
Founded in Paris in 1990 by Emmanuel Perrotin, then 21 years old, the gallery has become one of the most