As the Louvre Museum celebrates the genius of Leonardo de Vinci, Artcurial has unveiled the star lot in its next Urban Art sale, taking place on 23rd February 2020. Rubik Mona Lisa, one of the major works by the unmissable artist Invader, was created in 2005 and is appearing on the market for the first time. Made of 330 Rubik’s cubes, it is a modern reinterpretation of Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous painting.
“Creating bridges between the most contemporary art and ancient art! What better example than this Mona Lisa by Invader, presented in Paris, which is a major urban art scene internationally.”
Arnaud Oliveux, Associate Director, Urban Art department, Artcurial
Following the world-record-breaking sale of the mosaic Vienna for €356,200 in May 2019, Invader returns to Artcurial with an iconic piece made from those tricky little puzzles from the 1980s. Invader first rose to prominence thanks to his viral invasions which have infiltrated the streets of more than 65 cities in 33 countries around the world. Fascinated by the endless possibilities presented by mosaics and pixels, in 2004 Invader began exploring a new creative medium for his art: Rubik’s Cubes. It was the first time that the magic little 3D cubes, originally meant to be a fun game, had been used to make art. And so began “Rubikcubism” and “object-paintings”.
While experimenting with these formats, Invader reinterpreted the Mona Lisa and created his Rubik Mona Lisa, which became the first in a new series of artworks called “Rubik Master Pieces”, revisiting the greatest paintings in the history of art. Amongst the most stand-out pieces are Rubik Jacquet, which represents Déjeuner sur l’Herbe by Alain Jacquet, and Rubik Origine, which depicts Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde. While there have been numerous exhibitions dedicated to Invader’s Rubik’s cube works in France, this is the first time that Rubik Mona Lisa, the work that is most loyal to its original version, will go on sale.
“To understand and really see the work, you have to stand back from it. Close up, the image is nothing but a mass of cubes and colours, which don’t make any sense. It’s only when you stand back that the work makes sense and the face emerges.”
This special auction coincides with celebrations in Paris marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo de Vinci’s death. October saw the opening of the Louvre Museum’s exhibition dedicated to the artist, which runs until the end of February. The urban art scene is also celebrating the Italian painter’s genius. An exhibition entitled “Veni, Vidi, Vinci” is currently being held at Fluctuart, the new floating centre for urban art, with some twenty urban artists brought together on the Parisian barge. Visitors to the exhibition can discover the different aspects of da Vinci’s art through the contemporary eyes of these street artists. This is thus a fitting way to complete this retrospective tribute to the Italian master with Invader’s Rubik Mona Lisa at Artcurial, right in the heart of the city of light that is home to the original.