'Mona Lisa' auction with a twist in Paris

The "Rubik Mona Lisa" by French street artist Invader is on display at Artcurial in Paris. The street art made from 330 Rubik's Cubes is expected to sell for up to $227,100 when it goes under the hammer. PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
The "Rubik Mona Lisa" by French street artist Invader is on display at Artcurial in Paris. PHOTO: REUTERS
The "Rubik Mona Lisa" by French street artist Invader is on display at Artcurial in Paris. The street art made from 330 Rubik's Cubes is expected to sell for up to $227,100 when it goes under the hammer. PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
The street art made from 330 Rubik's Cubes is expected to sell for up to $227,100 when it goes under the hammer. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

PARIS • A street art Rubik's Cube version of the Mona Lisa painting is expected to sell for up to €150,000 (S$227,100) when it goes under the hammer in Paris this month.

Made from 330 Rubik's Cubes by the French artist Invader - famous for his ceramic Space Invaders figures inspired by the vintage pixelated video game - it is called "Rubik Mona Lisa".

It is the first of a series of works in which the artist has recreated some of the great paintings of art history in Rubik's Cubes.

Invader, whose real name is Franck Slama, claimed that they are the foundational creations of a new art movement called "Rubikcubism".

He has glued Space Invaders works to walls in more than 33 countries, and even inspired smartphone applications for fans trying to track them down.

The "Rubik Mona Lisa" will go on sale at Artcurial on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Feb 23 as part of an auction featuring some of the biggest names in street art.

Invader made "Rubik Mona Lisa" in 2005 and has since gone on to recreate Edouard Manet's Impressionist masterpiece Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass) as well as Gustave Courbet's ever-controversial The Origin of the World - all in Rubik's Cubes.

The cube, a cult children's puzzle in the 1980s, was invented by the Hungarian sculptor Emo Rubik as a teaching tool to explain three-dimensional forms to his architecture students.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2020, with the headline 'Mona Lisa' auction with a twist in Paris. Subscribe