Little Lonsdale Street, between Russell & Swanston streets, Melbourne VIC 3000
Time7.00pm – 7.00am
“Purple is the colour of the small hours, those moments of transition ... between dreary and sublime. Like rainbows, white nights draw on the purple at their borders.” – Guillaume Désanges
Referencing the legendary film and song by the late great artist formerly and forever known as Prince, French artist Pierre Ardouvin literally interprets the works’ melancholic spirit to create an unforgettable sensory experience, which proved to be one of the most popular works of both the 2011 Paris Nuit Blanche and White Night Melbourne 2014. The result is a breathtaking visual and sound installation that incites you to pick up a transparent umbrella and wander through an actual lilac-coloured shower.
We can’t wait to see you laughing in our purple rain!
Image: © Visit Victoria
Pierre Ardouvin is a visual artist working in the mediums of sculpture, photography, drawing and installation. Inspired by popular culture and his own “deranged” relationship to both language and the world, he conjures strange visions out of everyday realities, creating an often-unsettling feeling of déjà-vu. His work has been shown at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Art Basel and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, amongst others, and is featured in numerous public and private collections. Ardouvin is represented by the Galeries Parz-Delavallade Paris / Los Angeles and Yoko Uhoda Liège, Belgium.