The 24 hours museum, updated

Prada's 24 hours museum opened this week for 24 hours only, revealing the installation designed by Francesco Vezzoli with AMO, Rem Koolhaas' think tank.

The 24 hours museum opened in Paris on Tuesday 24 January through Wednesday 25 January, in the historic Palais d'Iéna, the building designed by Auguste Perret between 1936 and 1946, today home of the French CESE (Conseil Economique, Social et Environnemental).

AMO's installation for the "24 h Museum" was divided in three sections, each inspired by a particular type of museum space: historic, contemporary and forgotten. The three sections are instrument to the sequence of events that took place during 24 hours in different areas of the ground floor of the Palais d'Iéna. The central space was a large metal cage made from grills and neon lights that encloses the work by Francesco Vezzoli.

In the three sections – historic, contemporary and forgotten – Vezzoli created a "non-existent museum" where he shows his personal tribute to the eternal allure of femininity through interpretations of classical sculptures that made reference to contemporary divas. "They are my icons turned into sculptures and placed on marble pedestals". At the top of the stairway, epicentre of the building, Vezzoli placed a sculpture of a female, reinterpreted with the features of a mysterious goddess. Vezzoli's vision is of an ephemeral museum which is also a celebration of a collective rite that mixes visitors, red-carpet, Oedipus' complex and night visions.

Read our previous report on the 24 hours museum by Francesco Vezzoli .
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Francesco Vezzoli's large metal cage, the central space at the 24 hours museum
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