To mark the completion of the work on the Queen's House and its reopening, the Palace is hosting an exhibition of photos by Claire Adelfang, a young photographer who captured the location in 2015 before its restoration, in the Petit Trianon from 4 May to 2 September.

The exhibition

The aim of the exhibition is to give an overview of the location that renders both the urgent need for restoration and the unique atmosphere of this site desired by Marie Antoinette the 18th century.

No objects were modified or moved to make the composition more aesthetic, and no changes were made by the artist to adjust the light in the digital file used to print these pictures. Through this austerity, Claire Adelfang addresses the layout of the spaces and light that sometimes makes us think of geometric patterns in an abstract painting.

The Queen's Hamlet - Interior VIII, 2014
© Claire Adelfang / Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London - Paris - Salzburg
Analogue colour photograph
120 x 120 cm (47.24 x 47.24 in)


The artist

A graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, Claire Adelfang’s work explores architecture as a trace of human activity.

The photographer is particularly interested in deserted places that give the impression time has stopped, such as submarine bases, estuaries, dams and industrial ruins. It was in becoming aware of this approach that she turned her gaze to the different spaces in the Hamlet, before the restoration of the Queen's House had begun.

The Queen's Hamlet - Tourelle, 2017
© Claire Adelfang / Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London - Paris - Salzburg
Analogue colour photograph
120 x 120 cm (47.24 x 47.24 in)

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