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Horse in Majesty

2 July 2024 3 November 2024

To coincide with the equestrian events at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, to be hosted on the Versailles estate, the Château is holding a major exhibition dedicated to horses and equestrian civilisation in Europe - the first exhibition on this theme to be presented on such a scale.

From 2 July to 3 November 2024, the Palace of Versailles will be holding an exhibition entitled "Horse in Majesty - At the Heart of a Civilisation". Nearly 300 works will highlight the roles and uses of horses in civil and military society, from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, up to the eve of the First World War, which marked the end of horse-drawn civilisation and the relegation of horses to the realm of leisure.

This first exhibition dedicated to horses on such a scale will be divided into thirteen sections on a tour leading visitors through several emblematic areas of the Palace: the Africa Rooms, the King's State Apartment, the Hall of Mirrors, the War and Peace Rooms, Madame Maintenon's Apartment and the Dauphine's Apartment.

Curators : 

Laurent Salomé, Director of the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon
Hélène Delalex, Heritage Curator at the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon


Thanks to the patronage of the CMA CGM Group.

Connecting worlds

21 June 2024 1 September 2024

Globalization has accelerated considerably in recent decades, but it is the expression of a continuum of intercultural exchanges and dialogues. The exhibition Connecting worlds presents a range of art forms, past and present, that know no borders or geographical limits.

While artists, techniques and objects have never ceased to circulate, the history of these exchanges is intertwined with the painful history of conquest and domination. At the same time, the fascination, appropriation and assimilation of other cultures have shaped the outlook and sensibilities of artists and spectators alike.

Against the backdrop of a plural society immersed in globalization, Connecting worlds sheds new light on this artistic dialogue, with a selection of paintings, drawings, installations and videos from the museum's and the macLYON's collections, enriched by exceptional loans.

Léger and the New Realists The MAMAC collections in Biot

15 June 2024 18 November 2024

An exhibition organised at the Musée national Fernand Léger, Biot by the Musée national du XXe siècle des Alpes- Maritimes and the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais in partnership with the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (MAMAC), Nice.

From June to autumn 2024, the Fernand Léger national museum in Biot and the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (MAMAC) in Nice will be celebrating artistic creativity with an exhibition bringing together the joyful and colourful work of the painter Fernand Léger (1881-1955) and key works from the MAMAC.

At the heart of color Masterpieces of Chinese monochrome porcelain (8th-18th century)

12 June 2024 16 September 2024

Summer event at the Guimet museum, the exhibition "At the heart of color" traces the long history of porcelain and grand feu colors in China between the 8rd and 18rd centuries. Coming from the extraordinary Zhuyuetang collection of Richard Kan (Hong Kong) and that of the Guimet museum, 250 masterpieces illustrate the Chinese taste for formal simplicity and purity of colors, resulting from centuries of perfection. The incessant quest for purity, until finding the perfect shape and color, has given birth to unique pieces of great aesthetic finesse, presented in the exhibition.

The Lady and the Unicorn

Touch, Taste, Smell, Hearing and Sight... and a sixth piece symbolizing the sixth sense, with a blue tent and the inscription To my only desir. The tapestries that make up the Lady and the Unicorn hanging are among the most famous works in the Musée de Cluny collection.

Fun & Learn

Discover the world's greatest museums and their collections, inviting young and grownups to enjoy.

The Louvre Constellation, Jean-Marie Appriou
Contemporary Engravings

Engraving The Louvre Constellation - Jean-Marie Appriou

The work of Jean-Marie Appriou (born in Brest in 1986, lives and works in Paris) plays with the blurring of temporalities, plunging into the archaic depths of sculpture to create new, futuristic chimeras rooted in history and myth. His creations have been exhibited in numerous institutions, from the Palais de Tokyo (2014) to the Château de Versailles (2017) to the Consortium de Dijon (2019-2020) and Lafayette Anticipations (2021).

The artist's studio is located just a few minutes from the Ateliers d'art de la Rmn-GP in Saint-Denis, so he was able to explore the printmaking techniques he had developed in the past. Passionate about engraving, he wanted to explore the technical heritage of this work by combining several aquatint and etching methods. Over a period of several weeks, the plate was used to experiment with where etching could prevail.
Jean-Marie Appriou drew on all his experience as a sculptor to transform the plate into a physical reality where each line, each point, would be the result of a mixture of chance and decision, while respecting the formal constraints of a plate designed to print unlimited editions, following the model of the Chalcographie du Louvre.
In this, the anniversary year of the Musée du Louvre, which opened in 1793, the artist is going back to the origins of the museum and, through his work, intends to create an animal fable of the museum. He has sought to identify animal emblems in the history of the Louvre in order to create a mythical portrait of the museum. In keeping with the title of his work, he invites us to discover the Constellation of the Louvre.

In this constellation, the She-wolf embodies the possible etymology of the name "Louvre";
the salamander refers to Francis I, who launched the work on the Cour Carrée and acquired the group of works by Leonardo da Vinci now in the museum's collections; the lion recalls Rubens and the cycle of the Galerie Médicis; the horse echoes Bernini's equestrian sculpture of Louis XIV, facing south-east in the direction of Versailles; the jackal of Anubis, a sign of Denon and the Egyptian Campaign that launched the Napoleon Museum; the dove, a symbol of peace, present in the ceiling by Georges Braque that marked the arrival of modern artists to the Louvre.
These animals make up a narrative of the Louvre, but the work is not just narrative: it creates a blurring of time, where all the emblems respond to each other, and emerge from the background of the image. In his childhood and early years as a young artist, Jean-Marie Appriou often came to museums to develop his eye. With Constellation du Louvre, he invites viewers to do the same, to continue developing the acuity of their eye, and to return to the museum to discover the collections.

Etching, aquatint on copper.
Engraved by the artist with the technical assistance of Lucile Vanstaevel and Marius Tessier, craftsmen from the Rmn-GP's Chalcographie workshop, and printed on a taille-douce press from the same workshop in Saint-Denis.


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