MONUMENTA has taken place every year since 2007 and is an initiative of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Every year, a major international artist is invited by the Ministry to take up the challenge, transforming the monumental space of the Nave of the Grand Palais with a unique work of art. Dedicated to an ever-expanding national and international audience, MONUMENTA now holds a vital place in the roll-call of key artistic events.

The Direction générale de la création artistique (ministry of Culture and Communication) defines, coordinates and evaluates the policy of the State relating to the performing arts and the plastic arts and determines the way that it should be implemented. It supports artistic creativity in all its fields of expression, encouraging the diffusion of works and extending the widest possible access to artistic productions. Among its duties, it is entrusted with the task of coordinating events of national and international significance, which will enhance the value of the artistic scene in France. This led to the setting up of "La Force de l’Art", which was succeeded by "La Triennale", presented at the Palais de Tokyo and at other sites in Paris and the surrounding region in 2012, and "MONUMENTA".

The common purpose of these events is to encourage the public to engage with contemporary creativity. The education programme run by the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP) will provide the key to understanding the work of today's artists.

MONUMENTA 2012 is organised by the ministry of Culture and Communication (Direction générale de la creation artistique), the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP) and the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais.