For its twelfth edition of contemporary art, the Château de Versailles invites five international photographers at the Trianon domain from May 14 to October 20, 2019. It is in the intimate setting of the Trianon that will be held the next contemporary art exhibition inVersailles. For this 2019 edition, Dove Allouche, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, Eric Poitevin and Viviane Sassen will unveil works specially created and in resonance with the chosen places. A new Versailles is revealed through their works mixing creation and heritage.
The annual exhibition of contemporary art in Versailles offered to 5 artists, to invest different places in the domain of Trianon to retrace their deep exploration of the site and its history. VISIBLE / INVISIBLE sees each one of them bring an original and often unexpected look on the most prestigious spaces of the castles but also on the more secret ones. In the footsteps of the many photographers who for more than a century have interpreted Versailles, each responded with a real diversity of approach to this command for a new work. All have sought to enter subtly in resonance with these illustrious spaces, without wanting to dominate them but rather to penetrate surreptitiously.
Among the different materials that made it possible to build Versailles, Dove Allouche selected the gypsum from which he drew abstractions with surprising colors that are arranged in the gallery des Cotelle of the Grand Trianon.
Exploring the underworld of the hydraulic system of fountains and retracing the assembly of the women of the mythology ubiquitous in the garden sculptures, Nan Goldin creates on the ground floor of the Petit Trianon a path marked by the sound of the March of Women.
Martin Parr, faithful to his approach, finds in the cosmopolitan crowd of visitors from Versailles the source of tender and ironic images, with bright colors, which occupy the Pavilion Frais open for the first time to the public (French Garden of Petit Trianon).
Eric Poitevin chose the Orangerie de Jussieu (Petit Trianon Garden) to deploy two new series with the common theme of nature: one tries to capture the image of the sun, highly symbolic in Versailles, while the other finely treats the graphic deployments of a plant : angelica.
Viviane Sassen distributes her images invaded by colorful spots in the salons of the Grand Trianon. She builds a narrative of her intense exploration of statuary, the history of the castle and its occupants, by introducing today teenage girls.
Jean de Loisy, director of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts of Paris
Alfred Pacquement, curator for exhibitions of contemporary art in Versailles
Curators of the exhibition
Versailles – Visible / Invisible
Dove Allouche, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, Eric Poitevin, Viviane Sassen
Château de Versailles
Access to the exhibition in the area of Trianon through the entrance of the Petit Trianon or the Grand Trianon.
Exhibition from May 14 to October 20, 2019