Zinédine Zidane Head Butt Memorialized by Adel Abdessemed in France

zidane Zinédine Zidane Head Butt Memorialized by Adel Abdessemed in France

Adel Abdessemed, ‘Coup de tête.’ (Courtesy Getty Images)

French artist Adel Abdessemed has made a giant bronze sculpture depicting the infamous moment during the 2006 World Cup when the French captain Zinédine Zidane head butt Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the chest. The 18-foot-tall statue, called Coup de Tête, is installed in the courtyard of Paris’s Pompidou Center, where Mr. Abdessemed is currently the subject of a retrospective.

According to an interview in The New York Times‘ ArtsBeat blog:

Mr. Abdessemed, who holds both French and Algerian citizenship, spoke reverently of the head butt. “Zidane, that day, offered us a rapture,” he said, flicking cigarette ashes onto the floor of his Paris studio office. “He expressed himself as a man.”

Mr. Zidane is a popular muse: he is also the subject of a 2006 film by artists Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno called Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait.

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