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    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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  • Extramural Exhibitions


    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Festivities and Entertainment

    The infinite variety and ingenuity of entertainment provided at Court.

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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  • Salles Louis XIV


    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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Vestibule of the Dauphin’s Apartment

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A work of Philippe Cognée in Versailles



Vestibule of the Dauphin’s Apartment

In the framework of the requirement to devote 1% of construction costs to artistic work in public buildings, Philippe Cognée was chosen in 2009 to execute a painted artwork for the Grand Commun building, the future premises of the administrative and other departments of the Palace. Since May 2011 and until the completion of the restoration of the Grand Commun, this artwork called Écho is displayed in the vestibule of the Dauphin’s Apartment.

Écho consists of forty-four circular paintings
tondi – based on images from a video that the artist made in the Palace of Versailles. The filmed images were the raw material from which Philippe Cognée sourced the motifs of his paintings. These tondi evoke the world of the Palace via details of its gardens and apartments. The painter’s eye goes through history and from interior to exterior, revealing and hiding Versailles in the details of the paintings. The tondi have different formats and thicknesses and are painted on backed canvas whose wooden frames are gilt around the edges. Placed side by side, they form an airy group “as light as bubbles” that evokes a constellation and tells stories about this place of memory.

Philippe Cognée has a reputation today as one of the most important French artists of his generation. Born in 1957 in the Loire-Atlantique department, he spent his childhood in Benin. He now lives and works in Nantes. A graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, he was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1982 and was a scholarship boarder in the Villa Medicis in 1990. In 2004, he was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp. He has taught at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris since 2005. His work has been presented in numerous one-man exhibitions, notably at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Angers (2005), the Fondation pour l’Art contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon in Alex (2006) and at the FRAC Haute-Normandie (2007). His work is present in numerous collections such as the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Fondation Cartier, the Musée Ludwig and the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain. He is represented in Paris by the Galerie Daniel Templon.

The Dilecta publishing house, which specialises in art books, has marked the exhibition of Écho with a book dedicated to the work of Philippe Cognée. Richly illustrated, it presents all the tondi forming part of Écho. This large-format book contains an interview with Philippe Cognée by Marie-Laure Bernadac, General Curator in charge of contemporary art at the Louvre, an essay by Alain Bonfand, an art historian, PhD and professor at Beaux-Arts de Paris, as well as a text by Jean-Jacques Aillagon, president of the Palace of Versailles.

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