zinedine zidane headbutt statue by adel abdessemed
oct 01, 2012
zinedine zidane headbutt statue by adel abdessemed

‘coup de tête’ by adel abdessemed

a sixteen foot-high bronze statue portraying french soccer player zinedine zidane’s head-butting incident against
italian marco materazzi in the 2006 world cup final has been erected in front of the centre pompidou in paris.
created by algerian artist adel abdessemed, the larger version of abdessemd’s earlier ‘coup de tête’ depicts the incident
that marked the end of one of france’s greatest athelete’s career. the public sculpture has been installed to accompany
abdessemed’s solo show at the institution which runs from october 3rd, 2012 to january 7th, 2013.

the statue goes against the tradition of making statues in honour of certain victories. it is an ode to defeat,’ says exhibition organizer
alain michaud.

a smaller version of the sculpture was exhibited at david zwirner in new york earlier this year.
see designboom’s previous coverage of the installation here.


life size recreation of the 2006 world cup final incident

clip of the original 2006 world cup incident

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