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Sugimoto Versailles

Exhibition from October 16 2018 to February 17 2019

For its eleventh edition of contemporary art, the Palace of Versailles invites the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto this autumn in a new emblematic place. The Japanese artist will invest the gardens of the estate of Trianon inviting art, architecture and performance.

Since 2008 the Palace of Versailles has put on a number of exhibitions dedicated to French or foreign artists, each one lasting a few months. 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, Olafur Eliasson in 2016 and the group show “a winter journey” in 2017 : these artists have all created a special dialogue between their works and the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. For the first time, the artist Hiroshi Sugimoto will install his creations within
the domain of Trianon, a domain dedicated to the privacy of sovereigns.

Construction on the estate began under Louis XIV, who had the Grand Trianon Palace built at the far end of the northern branch of the Grand Canal. The estate is perhaps most closely associated with Queen Marie- Antoinette. The wife of Louis XVI regularly sought refuge at the Petit Trianon, where she commissioned marvellous landscaped gardens centred around a hamlet of cottages built in the
rustic style then in vogue.

Bringing Hiroshi Sugimoto to Versailles means hosting the eclecticism that defines the uniqueness of this great Japanese artist. Successive residents of the palace, from Louis XIV to Napoleon, from Marie-Antoinette to Louis-Phillippe, all collected works from their own time ; by exhibiting at the Trianon estate, Sugimoto is the first artist to impart a modern perspective there. In this year of " Japonism " Sugimoto illuminates the cultural ties between France and Japan, ties which Versailles itself has often symbolized declares Catherine Pégard, Head of the Public Establishment of the palace, the museum and the estate of Versailles.

My artistic activity began with photography, working in two dimensions. After years of exhibiting my photographs in hard-to-use gallery spaces, I decided to become an architect myself in order to make three-dimensional spaces of the kind that served the artist. From there my interest then turned to performance—which adds the element of time, the fourth dimension, to space—and I became a theatrical producer. Far from heading toward harmony, as one might reasonably expect, my artistic career seems to be heading into disorder! I am grateful for the opportunity to create a site-specific exhibition at Versailles. I have thought carefully about who I have come to be as an artist and how I might integrate all my activities in a coherent manner declares Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Curators
Alfred Pacquement, commissaire pour l’art contemporain à Versailles
Jean de Loisy, président du Palais de Tokyo

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VISUELS DISPONIBLES

Hiroshi Sugimoto in front of the Belvedere at the estate of Trianon

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Hiroshi Sugimoto

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Surface of Revolution

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Surface of Revolution, 2018, aluminium, steel
Courtesy of the artist
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Surface of Revolution

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Surface of Revolution, 2018, aluminium, steel
Courtesy of the artist
© Tadzio

Surface of Revolution

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Surface of Revolution, 2018, aluminium, steel
Courtesy of the artist
© Tadzio

Glass Tea House Mondrian, Bassin du Plat-Fond

Glass Tea House Mondrian, Bassin du Plat-Fond, Versailles, 2018, originally commissioned by Pentagram Stiftung for LE STANZE DEL VETRO, Venice. Architectes : Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tomoyuki Sakakida / New Material Reasearch Laboratory.
Courtesy of the artist & Pentagram Stiftung
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Glass Tea House Mondrian, Bassin du Plat-Fond

Glass Tea House Mondrian, Bassin du Plat-Fond, Versailles, 2018, originally commissioned by Pentagram Stiftung for LE STANZE DEL VETRO, Venice. Architectes : Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tomoyuki Sakakida / New Material Reasearch Laboratory.
Courtesy of the artist & Pentagram Stiftung
© Tadzio

Glass Tea House Mondrian

Glass Tea House Mondrian, Bassin du Plat-Fond, Versailles, 2018, originally commissioned by Pentagram Stiftung for LE STANZE DEL VETRO, Venice. Architects : Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tomoyuki Sakakida / New Material Reasearch Laboratory. Courtesy of the artist & Pentagram Stiftung
© Tadzio

Glass Tea House Mondrian

Glass Tea House Mondrian, Bassin du Plat-Fond, Versailles, 2018, originally commissioned by Pentagram Stiftung for LE STANZE DEL VETRO, Venice. Architects : Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tomoyuki Sakakida / New Material Reasearch Laboratory. Courtesy of the artist & Pentagram Stiftung
© Tadzio

Glass Tea House Mondrian

© château de Versailles / Didier Saulnier

Elizabeth II

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Elizabeth II, 1999, gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the artist
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Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales

© château de Versailles / Didier Saulnier

Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales, 1999, Gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the artist
© Tadzio

Napoleon Bonaparte

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Napoleon Bonaparte, 1999, gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the artist
© Tadzio

Voltaire

© château de Versailles / Didier Saulnier

Voltaire

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Voltaire, 1999, gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the artist
© Tadzio

Benjamin Franklin

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Benjamin Franklin, 1999, gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the artist
© Tadzio

Napoleon Bonaparte and Voltaire

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Napoleon Bonaparte and Voltaire, 1999, gelatin silver print.
Courtesy of the artist
© Tadzio

Petit Théâtre de la Reine

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Petit Théâtre de la Reine, Versailles, 2018, gelatin silver print.
Courtesy of the artist
© Tadzio

Napoleon Bonaparte

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Napoleon Bonaparte, 1999, gelatin silver print.
Courtesy of the artist
© Tadzio

Napoléon Bonaparte

© château de Versailles / Didier Saulnier

Aurélie Dupont dansant à l'observatoire

Sugimoto, Aurélie Dupont dansant à l'observatoire Enoura de la Odawara Art Foundation
© Shin Suzuki Photo Studio

Aerial view of the Temple of love at the estate of Trianon

© château de Versailles / Thomas Garnier

Louis XIV

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Louis XIV, 2018
Gelatin silver print, 149 x 119.5 cm (58 3/4 x 47 inches)
Courtesy of the artist & Gallery Koyanagi (Tokyo) ; Marian Goodman Gallery (New York, London, Paris) ; Fraenkel Gallery (San Francisco)
© Hiroshi Sugimoto

Emperor Hirohito

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Emperor Hirohito, 1999
Gelatin silver print,149 x 119.5 cm (58 3/4 x 47 inches)
Courtesy of the artist & Gallery Koyanagi (Tokyo) ; Marian Goodman Gallery (New York, London, Paris) ; Fraenkel Gallery (San Francisco)
© Hiroshi Sugimoto

Queen Victoria

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Queen Victoria, 1999
Gelatin silver print, 149 x 119.5 cm (58 3/4 x 47 inches)
Courtesy of the artist & Gallery Koyanagi (Tokyo) ; Marian Goodman Gallery (New York, London, Paris) ; Fraenkel Gallery (San Francisco)
© Hiroshi Sugimoto

Salvador Dali

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Salvador Dali, 1999
Gelatin silver print,149 x 119.5 cm (58 3/4 x 47 inches)
Courtesy of the artist & Gallery Koyanagi (Tokyo) ; Marian Goodman Gallery (New York, London, Paris) ; Fraenkel Gallery (San Francisco)
© Hiroshi Sugimoto

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