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    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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    De Gaulle in Trianon

    Until 9 November 2016, discover the story of Trianon as a Palace of the Republic.

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  • Olafur Eliasson Versailles

    Olafur Eliasson is the Palace of Versailles’ guest artist for the summer of 2016.

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    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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    In prelude to the visit to the Grands Apartements, the restored Louis XIV Rooms are now open.

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  • The Coach Gallery

    Reopening on 10 May 2016

    The collection of coaches will be exhibited in an entirely redesigned space.

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  • Redevelopment of the Pavillon

    A new visitors’reception area

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  • The Queen's State Apartment

    Closed for works

    New visitor tour from 5th January 2016

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  • Versailles in photo in CDG

    A photo exhibition dedicated to the Palace of Versailles organized in the airports of Paris

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  • Restoration and refurnishing

    Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles

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  • The acquisitions of the Palace

    The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles

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  • Archaeology in Versailles

    20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles

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  • Symposiums and workshops

    The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

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  • Concerts in videos

    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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  • Centre de musique baroque

    Missions and program for the musical season

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  • Equestrian Show Academy

    A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas

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  • Versailles Festival 2016

    Versailles Festival 2016

    Concerts, operas, masked balls and shows : discover the programmation.

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Olafur Eliasson Versailles



Contemporary art exhibition

From 7 June to 30 October 2016, the Palace of Versailles welcomes the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson for a major contemporary art exhibition in the Palace and the Gardens.

Waterfall - credit Anders Sune Berg © 2016 Olafur Eliasson

The work of internationally acclaimed visual artist Olafur Eliasson (born in Denmark in 1967) 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. This summer for the first time, Eliasson will present 6 artworks in the Palace and 3 in the gardens of Versailles from June 7th to October 30th, 2016.

Olafur Eliasson and Versailles

"Historically, the royal court at Versailles was a place of constant observation – of oneself and of others; the strict social norms of the time were enforced through a web of gazes. The Baroque architecture of the palace served to heighten visibility, becoming a stunning instrument of power held exclusively by the king. Today, however, we look at Versailles differently, and when I visit the site, I ask myself: how do you, the visitor, view this iconic site? What does it do to you? Have we all become king? The Versailles that I have been dreaming up is a place that empowers everyone. It invites visitors to take control of the authorship of their experience instead of simply consuming and being dazzled by the grandeur. It asks them to exercise their senses, to embrace the unexpected, to drift through the gardens, and to feel the landscape take shape through their movement. For my exhibition this summer, I am doing a series of subtle spatial interventions inside the palace deploying mirrors and light, and in the gardens, I use fog and water to amplify the feelings of impermanence and transformation. The artworks liquefy the formal design of the gardens while reviving one of landscape architect André Le Nôtre’s original, unrealised visions: the placement of a waterfall along the axis of the Grand Canal. This waterfall reinvigorates the engineering ingenuity of the past. It is as constructed as the court was, and I’ve left the construction open for all to see – a seemingly foreign element that expands the scope of human imagination."

Olafur Eliasson

Map of the works The works

The works in the Palace of Versailles :

1. The curious museum (Hercules' Salon)
2. Your sense of unity (Hall of Mirrors)
3. Deep Mirror (Bull's eye antechamber)
4. Solar Compression (King's guard room)
5. The gaze of Versailles (Lower gallery)

Access to the works in the Palace is possible from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM thanks to a Passport or a Palace ticket.

The works in the Gardens :

6. Fog Assembly (Star grove) 
Water display from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM as well as during the Night Fountains Shows.

7. Glacial Rock Flour Garden (Colonnade grove)
Opening of the Grove durind the Musical Fountains Shows, Musical Gardens and Night Fountains Shows.

8. "Waterfall" (Grand Canal) 
Water display from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM and from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM as well as during the Night Fountains Shows.

Access to the Gardens is free except during Musical Fountains Shows and Musical Gardens (every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Fridays from 1 July to 30 September) where access is possible thanks to a Passport or a Musical Fountains Shows or Musical Gardens ticket.
The outside works can also be seen during the Night Fountains Shows, on Saturdays from 18 June to 17 September.

Download the map of the works

Discover the works of Olafur Eliasson on the mobile app the Gardens of Versailles.  


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