Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles+More info
Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles+More info
Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles+More info
Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles+More info
In prelude to the visit to the Grands Apartements, the restored Louis XIV Rooms are now open.+More info
Reopening on 10 May 2016
The collection of coaches will be exhibited in an entirely redesigned space.+More info
A new visitors’reception area+More info
Closed for works
New visitor tour from 5th January 2016+More info
Guerlain House composes a perfume "Le bouquet de la Reine" to support the Palace.+More info
Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles+More info
The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles+More info
20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles+More info
The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles+More info
Operas, concerts and ballets: discover the programme for the 2014-2015 season+More info
Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles+More info
Missions and program for the musical season+More info
A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas+More info
Versailles Festival 2016
Concerts, operas, masked balls and shows : discover the programmation.+More info
Discover the programme of the exhibitions at the Palace of Versailles.
June - November 2016
Olafur Eliasson is the contemporary artist invited to Versailles in Summer 2016. Born in 1967 in Denmark to Icelandic parents, his work investigates perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self.
He is best known for striking installations such as the hugely popular The weather project (2003) in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London, which was seen by more than two million people, and The New York City Waterfalls (2008), four large-scale artificial waterfalls which were installed on the shorelines of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
With his last installation in France on the occasion of the COP21, Ice Watch, Eliasson made
climate change tangible by leaving twelve massive blocks of Greenlandic glacial ice to melt in the Place du Panthéon.
In January 2016, Eliasson received the prestigious World Economic Forum Crystal Award, a tribute to his work with Little Sun, a solar-powered lamp whose goal is to provide clean, affordable light to communities without access to electricity.
"With Olafur Eliasson, stars collide, the horizon slips away, and our perception blurs. The man who plays with light will make the contours of the Sun-King’s palace dance” says Catherine Pegard, President of the Château de Versailles.
June 2016 - November 2016
Grand Trianon, Trianon-sous-Bois wing
With the renovation of the Trianon-Sous-Bois Wing, this exhibition will be a reminder that this wing of the Grand Trianon palace was occupied by three presidents of the French Fifth Republic during State receptions between 1966 and 1982. The palace was completely restored at the beginning of the 1960s by André Malraux, and major work was launched in order to modernise it and turn it into a presidential residence. The Queens of England and the Netherlands, the Kings of Morocco and Jordan, the Shah of Iran, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Leonid Brezhnev and many other heads of State have enjoyed the honours of the Trianon. Through photographs, archive documents and a variety of objects including General de Gaulle’s uniform, the exhibition will celebrate 50 years of splendour of the French Republic since this exemplary restoration.
5 jully 2016 - 2 october 2016
Palace of Versailles - Gallery of Great Battles
This exhibition aims to reveal the importance of Franco-American relations at the end of the French Ancien Régime. By assisting the rebels, King Louis XVI showed he was in favour of new ideas, and for nearly a decade the Palace of Versailles, the centre of French government and authority, was a key location for independence and its promotion. The political and military alliance between France and the United States had a lasting effect on artistic principles; there was no such thing as major or minor art, as the infatuation with America found a unique place in everyday objects at Court and in popular American, English and French posters.
november 2016 - march 2017
Palace of Versailles - Africa Room
As the political monarch he was, King Louis XIV took “grand entertainment” to the height of its magnificence, making Versailles a venue for celebrations and shows that were ever more grandiose, extraordinary and fantastical. With his eye for human psychology, he understood that the political framework he had forged demanded this “society of pleasures, which gives the people of the Court an honest sort of familiarity with (the sovereign), and touches and delights them more than can be said.” Everyday life at the French Court needed many forms of entertainment. The extraordinary character of royal events was intended to astonish the Court, the kingdom and Europe. Each of his successors, in accordance with their tastes and changes in fashion, preserved this tradition of splendour and creativity in entertainment. The exhibition aims to present the extraordinary variety of entertainment put on at the Court of Versailles, including hunting, shows, comedies, operas, concerts and individual music playing, walks, outdoor games and sport, other games, fires and illuminations, over a fairly long period stretching from Louis XIV to the Revolution. The approach is not designed to be an exhaustive one, but one that shares the feelings of the times through a choice of major works with plenty to delight the eyes and imagination. The curators have relied on scientific expertise in each of these domains.