Perrotin and Grand Palais join forces for a treasure hunt of contemporary art

Visitors to Paris’ Grand Palais are invited to discover 20 hidden artworks this weekend, available to take home by those who find them

The facade of paris.
The facade of Paris’ Grand Palais, inside which 20 pieces of contemporary art have been hidden for a public treasure hunt from 24-25 October in collaboration with Galerie Perrotin
(Image credit: press)

Like many other major events on the cultural calendar, Paris’ FIAC week has had to explore alternative formats this year in light of the ongoing pandemic. With the usual art fair cancelled, local galleries, museums and other cultural venues are taking charge, in a bid to demonstrate that their city continues to be an essential destination for international art. 

Still, the nave of the Grand Palais – its vast space under the conservatory-style glass roof – will not lie fallow. A programme titled ‘Wanted! Art is Yours at Grand Palais’ has been organised in collaboration with Galerie Perrotin for this weekend, 24-25 October. Billed as ‘an immense quest for contemporary art’, the programme invites visitors to scour the nave for 20 works of art that have been donated and hidden by Perrotin and its artists. The rules are simple: anyone who finds an artwork will leave with it.

White marble sculpture.

Daniel Arsham, Quartz Eroded Bust of Diane the Hunter (Named Diane of Versailles), 2020.

(Image credit: the artist & Perrotin)

The 20 artworks, listed on the programme website and on Instagram @wanted__gp, range from editioned lithographs to unique paintings and sculptures, and run the gamut of Perrotin’s impressive roster. A few harken back to major milestones in contemporary Parisian culture: a bronze sculpture of a starfish, by Elmgreen & Dragset, call to mind their Place Vendôme takeover for FIAC in 2018; while a JR print evokes the photographer and street artist’s paper trompe l’oeil over the Louvre Pyramid last year. A quartz eroded bust of the goddess Diana by Daniel Arsham (who has just opened an exhibition at the nearby Musée Guimet) is a sure standout, as are Bharti Kher’s Happy monkey girl statuette, and Jean-Michel Othoniel’s Collier Cicatrice, a sculpture of gleaming red Murano glass beads.

While the Grand Palais has capped its capacity at 20% as a social distancing measure, and visits require prior appointment, the event is notably open to all and free of charge. Beyond engaging with contemporary art, ‘Wanted!’ is also a last-minute opportunity to experience the interior of the Grand Palais, before it closes in December for two years of renovations.

Star fish structure.

Elmgreen & Dragset, La Promesse d’un Ciel la Nuit, 2020.

(Image credit: the artist & Perrotin)

Chris Dercon, the institution’s president, hopes that the programme will bring a sense of fun and whimsy, much like a treasure hunt. ‘Here, the value of the work depends on the effort made by the visitors. Indeed, the true love of art is often a matter of chance: you often find what you were not really looking for,’ he reflects.

For gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin, ‘Wanted!’ is uniquely suited to the times. ‘Since we don’t know where we are going, it is almost as if anything is possible: immense, adventurous, and unapologetic projects make us feel connected to the world in this moment,’ he says. ‘Works of art are more precious than ever, which is why it is important to offer them to as many people as possible.’

Grande Pyramide

JR, JR au Louvre et le Secret de la Grande Pyramide, Relique #21 © Pyramide, architecte I. M. Pei, musée du Louvre, Paris, France, 2019.

(Image credit: the artist & Perrotin)

Happy monkey girl

Bharti Kher, Happy monkey girl, 2018.

(Image credit: the artist & Perrotin)

Artist Daniel Arsham discusses his contribution to ‘Wanted! Art is Yours at Grand Palais’. Video via @wanted__gp


Entrance to ‘Wanted!’ is free of charge and by appointment only.


Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris


TF Chan is a former editor of Wallpaper* (2020-23), where he was responsible for the monthly print magazine, planning, commissioning, editing and writing long-lead content across all pillars. He also played a leading role in multi-channel editorial franchises, such as Wallpaper’s annual Design Awards, Guest Editor takeovers and Next Generation series. He aims to create world-class, visually-driven content while championing diversity, international representation and social impact. TF joined Wallpaper* as an intern in January 2013, and served as its commissioning editor from 2017-20, winning a 30 under 30 New Talent Award from the Professional Publishers’ Association. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he holds an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University.