Placed across the exquisite six-acre scenery of luxury resort Bodrum Loft – located on the Demirbükü Bay in Bodrum, an ancient and artistic town situated on the Turkish peninsula – are a series of eighteen sculptures by twelve renowned living artists curated from across the world. Curated by Parisian gallery Perrotin alongside Artsa Consultancy under the exhibition title, French Delights, these exquisite pieces work in harmony with each other and their environment, sitting in dialogue with the surrounding nature; deep-azure waters, jagged cliffs and rich forestry.
Subtle in their placement, each art piece is given the space to both blend in and stand out. From a distance, visitors first glimpse Manfredi (2019) by French artist Xavier Veilhan, a large, distorted, vivid orange bust situated on the roof of the resort, drawing a bold outline in the deep blue skies above the resort. On ground level, a series of figurines by Takashi Murakami are placed inside a site-specific Perrotin pop-up store, stocking everything from books to posters and mugs.
Walking around the grounds, backdropped by sweeping natural scenery and the clear Aegean Sea, Wim Delvoye’s Nautilus (2013) – a laser-cut steel sculpture that warps gothic architecture into a spiral abyss – is surrounded by Bodrum’s native pink Bougainvillea flowers, drawing a harmonious dialogue between nature and the man-made. This conversation continues: inspired by Nordic mythology, a work by Klara Kristalova depicts a woman being held up by branches and roots that feed into the ground, while two pieces from Laurent Grasso’s Future Herbarium (2020) series peek out from surrounding bushes, showing us what flora could look like in the year 3000. Jean-Michel Othoniel’s Nnoeud Infini (2022) is a prominent work, located on a balcony overlooking the water below, its twisting knots of stainless steel balls reflect the tranquil blues, offering new angles and viewpoints.
Xavier Veilhan, Manfredi, 2019
Daniel Arsham’s Bronze Eroded Delorean 1:2 (2022) also looks forward in time, replicating Dr Emmett Brown’s famous Delorean in eroded bronze, appearing like an architectural find from the future. Adaptation, Fig. 16 (Black Mirror) (2023) by Elmgreen & Dragset is located in the middle of a small roundabout; three mirrored circles placed like traffic lights, only instead of giving instructions they reflect questions back at you – and they’re always watching.
At the resort’s beachside bar, aquatic sculptures by Jean-Marie Appriou seemingly leap from the sea to land, their bodies crafted from patinated bronze and heads from handblown glass – depicting the difference in light and texture above and below water. Also on display is a giant chess pawn by German artist Gregor Hildebrandt and pieces by Iván Argote that depict decaying imaginary architectures. Together, the eighteen works on display create a sculptural park like no other, immaculately curated to celebrate their location and craft.
“I have always considered exhibitions as spaces that allow creativity and diversity to blossom, packed full of opportunities to explore, review, compare, and experience,” said Selcan Atilgan, founder of Artsa consultancy and show curator. “For this show, I wanted to capture visitors’ imagination by offering a chance for them to understand the different ways in which sculptures are created, as well as the different ways to display and engage with the works. It is an honour to have brought Perrotin and Bodrum Loft together for this special project and I hope this exciting art trail will inspire and enrich people’s imaginations of what a sculpture is and can be.”