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The Orangerie and parterre

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Extraordinary Within The Ordinary

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AHAE. The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary




This solo exhibition will be held from 25 June to 9 September 2013 at the Orangerie Hall of the Palace of Versailles celebrating Année le Nôtre, the 400th anniversary of the birth of the master landscape architect of the Palace of Versailles, André Le Nôtre (1613 - 1700).

© Ahae © AHAE

The exhibition AHAE. The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary

In this exhibition, over 220 photographs are displayed in the bespoke galleries. The curation reflects the title of the exhibition “The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary”. The seemingly ordinary window through which all the photographs were captured and the garden it looks out to contain an incredible amount of life and beauty.

Through this solo exhibition, Ahae tries to depict the day cycle starting from bright day light through evening, nightfall, morning, and another day as his line of sight moves from higher, faraway viewpoints of birds and elements of the sky towards lower viewpoints involving land animals, trees and pond water. 

© Ahae © AHAE

The exhibition is divided into multiple galleries, and each gallery represents a specific theme within Ahae’s ‘‘Through My Window’’ project: birds, land and sky, sunset and clouds, nightscapes, water deer, four seasons, and water reflections.

For more information on Ahae, please visit www.ahae.com.

© Ahae © AHAE

Catherine Pégard's foreword

I remember my first meeting with the son of Korean artist AHAE at the inauguration held at the Louvre in 2012, in the Tuileries garden, on the invitation of Henri Loyrette. Mr Yoo spoke of his father's unique work with simple words and admiration. He made it his mission to bring this work to people who are in too much of hurry to take the time to watch the incessant movements of life seen through a single window.

The "extraordinary within the ordinary" said Henri Loyrette with the insightful words which accompanied his assertive choices in the twelve years he spent at the helm of the Louvre.

Through a single window, from dawn to dusk, AHAE embraces the world in which the infinitely small takes prominence in the landscapes he unveils to us. Little bits and pieces create a fresco. And behind the photographer's modest gesture, we find the extreme sophistication of the poet's thoughts. A moment which merges with eternity.

This year, I've invited AHAE to exhibit at the Palace of Versailles a new series of photographs taken from the same window. The setting created at the Orangerie by Guy Oliver shows us the undreamt-of beauty of the world of AHAE, unfolding through the hours and seasons: "the extraordinary within the ordinary".

This year, we are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre. With a form of recurring irony, AHAE's exhibition fits into this period dedicated to the King's gardener. While Le Nôtre disciplines nature and fashions it to the King's eye, AHAE is totally captivated by nature, in all its aspects, illustrating on the other side of the world, inside his room, the words of Marcel Proust: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes".

This is the voyage I am inviting you to embark on. I wish to thank Keith Yoo for having made it possible. A magical moment.

Catherine Pégard
President of the Public Establishment of the Palace,
Museum and National Estate of Versailles

© Ahae The Orangerie by Etienne Allegrain © Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN / © Jean-Marc Manaï

Practical information

The exhibition takes place in the Orangerie of the Palace of Versailles from 25 June to 9 September 2013.

Opening times

The exhibition is open every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, from 25 June to 9 September.
NB: the exhibition will be closed on 7 July and 5 August 2013 because of events.

This exhibition is open during the Fountains Night show: every Saturday from 20 July to 14 September 2013 as well as on Friday 12 July 2013.


Admission to the exhibition is free on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but a ticket is required on the days of the Musical Gardens and the Musical Fountains Show on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. See the ticket rates


Access via the Allée de la Dormeuse, the Portes Royales entrance of the Orangerie.

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