• 6 Dec 2017

For nine editions, contemporary Artists from all backgrounds have been confronted alone to the monument that is Versailles. Since October 2017, the Château de Versailles, in collaboration with the Palais de Tokyo, proposes a brand new experience. Let’s embark on an Artistic voyage:

This picture represents the main water fountain in the Château de Versailles' gardens.

Château de Versailles’ gardens © Julien Lafaye

A counter proposition that arouses astonishment

Following up the trees made of bronze of Italian Artist Giuseppe Penone, the rainbow made of metal by Korean ArtistLee Ufan, the Valkyries of Portugese Artist Joana Vasconcelos, the Château de Versailles proposes a “Voyage d’hiver”. Such a proposal is shaped into a promenade through 17 Artists’ Artworks. As a result, the tone, the concept and the sites become radically different. It is the outcome of a fruitful collaboration between Catherine Pégard, President of the Château de Versailles, and her curators Alfred Pacquement, former director of the National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou and Jean de Loisy, CEO Director of the Palais de Tokyo. In fact, they worked closely with the Palais de Tokyo’s young curators Yoann Gourmel and Rebecca Lamarche Vadel to select the 17 Artworks. As a result, it is an invitation to poetically wander in the gardens that proposes this new edition. The title refers to the piano suite Voyage d’hiver composed by Franz Schubert in 1827.

An Artistic voyage through the Royal gardens

The scenography is one that resembles museums’ curations at a moment where leaves fall. Sequenced by seventeen Artists, seventeen Artworks cultivate a dialogue with the gardens created by André le Nôtre. In fact, it aims at shining a new light on the copses right after the Grandes Eaux. The historical water fountains give rhythm to the seasons and create a circular movement in the gardens. As a result, divinities ancient Greece and Rome and their allegories shape the gardens. Therefore, the movement is progressive and goes in circle. The exhibition “Voyage d’hiver” goes along with the change of seasons and the transformations of the park. For instance contemporary Artist Stéphane Thidet proposes a sculpture made of ice at the Ballroom Grove. This damaged opera stage melts under the sunlight. “Voyage d’hiver” is a free exhibition that will continue until January 7th, 2018.

This picture represents contemporary Artist Stéphane Thibet's sculpture made of ice in the Ball Room copse at the Château de Versailles as part of the exhibition "Voyage d'hiver".

Stéphane Thidet, Bruit Blanc (White Noise), “Voyage d’hiver” exhibition, 2017 © Julien Lafaye

Read our article about Art-Trope Artist Gysin Broukwen here.

Sources: Château de Versailles and Le Figaro