Groupe Renault is working with the Palace of Versailles for the first time ever to help fund the restoration of the palace’s Peace room. This considerable task, set to begin in 2017 and run for 18 months, forms part of a wider renovation programme that has been underway in Versailles for several years. Putting the shine back on the Peace room will help return the Grand Apartments to their former glory, restoring all the splendour, architectural coherence and legibility of the Palace of Versailles.
The Peace room is located at the end of the Hall of Mirrors next to Queen Marie-Antoinette’s apartments, and offers a magnificent outlook over the Gardens of Versailles. Its interior design celebrates the excellence of French 18th-century decorative arts and exemplifies the worldwide influence of France – values that chime with Groupe Renault’s long-time involvement in the arts and symbolise France’s heritage at its best.
“Extending the Hall of Mirrors and forming the first room of the Queen’s Grand Apartments, the Peace Room epitomises the radiant majesty of Versailles. It embodies all the talent of the craftsmen who built this palace. All French arts and decorative trades are united here: it is history made manifest. This salon has stood through the ages as a tribute to peace, and remains an allegory of France’s influence in the world. Restoring it to its former magnificence required a particular kind of commitment and a deep seated recognition of the universality of this symbolic place. Groupe Renault has a worldwide presence and is now enabling this piece of history to live on“.
Catherine Pégard, President of the Palace, Museum and Estate of Versailles.
“As a long-standing patron of the arts, primarily through our involvement in international film festivals and our art collection, Groupe Renault is delighted to be supporting the Palace of Versailles in such a momentous architectural feat as the restoration of the Peace Room. France is lucky to possess, in the Palace of Versailles, such an exceptional national treasure that contributes to our country’s identity abroad. At Groupe Renault we stay true to our French roots, and today we are proud to back this emblematic project“.
Carlos Ghosn Groupe Renault Chairman and CEO
Groupe Renault has forged links with the art world throughout its history and holds more than 300 works in its Renault Modern Art Collection. Mostly acquired from 1967 to 1985, the pieces – by painters, sculptors and visual artists including Dubuffet, Tinguely and Vasarely – can be seen at various company premises. Groupe Renault has also supported filmmaking for many years, partnering the Cannes Festival for the past 33 years as well as the Deauville American Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. In teaming up for the restoration of the Peace Room, Groupe Renault and the Palace of Versailles are reinforcing a partnership that dates back to 2013. For the last three years, Groupe Renault has provided 23 electric vehicles (10 Twizys, 10 Kangoo ZEs, 3 ZOEs) for daily use by staff at the Palace, Museum and Estate of Versailles (security officers, garden maintenance, administrative departments, etc.). A network of 30 charging points has now also been introduced across the grounds of Versailles. This unique partnership contributes to environmental preservation in the gardens, as well as the comfort and safety of 12 million visitors every year. In addition, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is sponsoring ‘Marie-Antoinette, a Queen in Versailles’, an exhibition to be staged by the Palace of Versailles at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo from 25 October 2016 to 26 February 2017.
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