Hiroshi Sugimoto at the Palace of Versailles, the contemporary art exhibition 2018

For its new contemporary exhibition, the Palace of Versailles welcomes Hiroshi Sugimoto. This Japanese artist specialized in black and white pictures and author of architectural structures will take over the Trianon gardens from October 16, 2018 to January 20, 2019.

From October 16, 2018 to January 20, 2019, the Palace of Versailles invites Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto for its compelling contemporary art exhibition. This year, the contemporary art doesn't take place in the gardens of the Palace of VErsailles but in the Trianon Estate, a more intimate place perfect for the dialog between the artist's and Versailles' works.

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It's the first time a photographer settles in Versailes. It was indubitable that a photographer could embody the modernity, the year when the giant exhibition, Louis-Philippe, is displayed and that should transform the kings' palace into a musuem showing the world the twists of the history of France.

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Did you know that Louis-Philippe wanted to recreate Versailles in a picture book at the same time as the birth of the photography and a new history telling. I'm sure you know that 2018 marks the 160th anniversary of the diplomatic relationships between France and Japan. This exhibition is an original mariage of the two cultures like this tea house and these hidden fabrications echoing the place where Marie-Antoinette used to find shelter from the Court hustle and bustle.

This exhibition takes over several spaces within the Trianon Estate. The Petit Trianon, the Belvédère, the Théâtre de la Reine, the Pavillon Français, the Bassin du Plat-Fond and the Grand Trianon turn into a wonderful setting to house fictive characters and the master's contemporary pieces.

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Through his exhibition, Hiroshi Sugimoto brings back to life the shadows of the characters who haunted these places. To do so, he uses photographs of wax figures. After a revealing visit to the Tussaud Museum, London in 1994, the artist takes pictures of tyrans, sovereigns, powerful people and artists of this world in an immortalized version.

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In addition to the photograph of Louis XIV wax figure kept at the Château or Marie-Antoinette's embodied by Norma Shierer, Hiroshi Sugimoto chose to put his characters who came to Versailles such as Salvador Dali, Fidel Castro and even Queen Victoria.

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But the artist doesn't stop to photography, he keeps things interesting by approaching architecture. In Versailles, the artist re-set up the Maison de Thé Mondrian shown in Venice as part of the architecture Biennale. It takes place in the middle of the Bassin du Plat-Fond in the perspective of the Grand Trianon. Modernism and tradition make this work.

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In other words, an exhibition you want to discover.

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Last updated on 21 October 2018

Practical information

Opening Time
From 16 October 2018 to 20 January 2019

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    Location

    Place d'armes
    78000 Versailles

    Prices
    -26 ans, chômeurs et handicapés: Free
    tarif normal: 12 €

    Recommended age
    For all

    Average duration
    2 h

    Official website
    www.chateauversailles.fr

    More information
    Horaires : 12h-18H30, fermé le lundi

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