Group exhibition curated by Palais de Tokyo
22 October 2017—7 January 2018
Château de Versailles, Versailles, France
For its 10th contemporary art exhibition, the Palace of Versailles is organising a unique visit through the groves titled “Winter Journey”, curated by the Palais de Tokyo.
Every year since 2008 the Palace of Versailles has held an exhibition dedicated to a French or foreign artist, with Jeff Koons in 2008, Xavier Veilhan in 2009, Takashi Murakami in 2010, Bernar Venet in 2011, Joana Vasconcelos in 2012, Giuseppe Penone in 2013, Lee Ufan in 2014, Anish Kapoor in 2015 and Olafur Eliasson in 2016. Each of these artists created a unique dialogue between their works and the palace and gardens of Versailles.
At the end of October, as the Grandes Eaux Fountain Display Days draw to a close, “Winter Journey” will reveal the groves in the Petit Parc in a new light, revisited in multiple ways by contemporary artists, from the glory of autumn to the stunning freeze-over of winter.
The Palais de Tokyo has been invited to design “Winter Journey” with Alfred Pacquement, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Palace of Versailles.
David Altmejd, Le souffle, 2017, mixed media
283.2 x 122 x 76.2 cm | 111 3/8 x 48 x 30 in.
Four historic fountains, each representing a different season, legitimize the important theme of a changing world. During three months “Voyage d'hiver” accompanies those transformations, casting a meditative trail through the gardens which slowly slip into the cold and the frost.
Metamorphosing a stroll into a personal experience, allowing visitors to perceive nature’s transformation, sixteen artists bring their vision, their sensibility and their poetry. From different countries, genres, and generations, firmly established or up-and-coming, they create together an oneiric trail through the paths and the grooves.
Artists: MARGUERITE HUMEAU, DAVID ALTMEJD, JOHN GIORNO, DOMINIQUE PETITGAND, MARK MANDERS, JEAN-MARIE APPRIOU, CAMERON JAMIE, HICHAM BERRADA, UGO RONDINONE, SHEILA HICKS, TOM ÁS SARACENO, ANITA MOLINERO, OLIVER BEER, LOUISE SARTOR, RICK OWENS, STÉPHANE THIDET