For its 10th contemporary art exhibition, the Palace of Versailles is organising a unique visit through the groves titled “Voyage d'hiver”, curated by the Palais de Tokyo.

The Exhibition

Every year since 2008 the Palace of Versailles has held an exhibition dedicated to a French or foreign artist, with Jeff Koons in 2008, Xavier Veilhan in 2009, Takashi Murakami in 2010, Bernar Venet in 2011, Joana Vasconcelos in 2012, Giuseppe Penone in 2013, Lee Ufan in 2014, Anish Kapoor in 2015 and Olafur Eliasson in 2016. Each of these artists created a unique dialogue between their works and the palace and gardens of Versailles.

From the 22nd of October, as the Musical Fountains Shows and the Musical Gardens draw to a close, to the 7th of January 2018, “Voyage d'hiver” will reveal the groves in the Gardens in a new light, revisited in multiple ways by contemporary artists, from the glory of autumn to the stunning freeze-over of winter.

Four historical fountains, each representing a different season, legitimize the important theme of a changing world. During three months Voyage d’hiver accompanies those transformations casting a meditative trail through the gardens which slowly slip into the cold and the frost.

To metamorphose a stroll into a personal experience, allowing visitors to perceive nature’s transformation, sixteen artists, bring their vision, their sensibility and their poetry. From different countries, genres, and generations, firmly established or up-and-coming, they create together an oneiric trail through the paths and the grooves.

As a link between the pieces, the French novelist Céline Minard wrote a text, which reminds of Franz Schubert’s lieder.

  • Marguerite Humeau, the Triumphal Arch Grove
  • David Altmejd, the Grove of the Three Fountains
  • John Giorno, the Apollo’s Baths Grove
  • Mark Manders, the Star Grove
  • Dominique Petitgand, the Dauphin’s Grove
  • Jean-Marie Appriou, the Obelisk Grove
  • Cameron Jamie, the Enceladus Grove
  • Hicham Berrada, the Grove of the Domes
  • Ugo Rondinone, the Apollo’s Chariot
  • Sheila Hicks, the Colonnade Grove
  • Tomás Saraceno, the King's Garden Grove
  • Anita Molinero, the Mirror Pool
  • Oliver Beer, the Girandole Grove
  • Louise Sartor, the Labyrinth Walk
  • Rick Owens, the Queen’s Grove
  • Stéphane Thidet, the Ballroom Grove


The Palais de Tokyo has been invited to design “Voyage d'hiver” with Alfred Pacquement, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Palace of Versailles.

  • Jean de Loisy, President of the Palais de Tokyo
  • Yoann Gourmel and Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, curators at the Palais de Tokyo
  • Alfred Pacquement, curator of contemporary art at Versailles

To discover in the Gardens of Versailles 

From the 22nd of October to the 7th of January 2018

Open Tusday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm.

22th, 24th, 27th and 28th of October, open from 9 am to 7 pm and the 29th and 31st of October from 9 am to 5:30 pm 

Access to the Gardens is free everyday but the days of Musical Fountains Shows and the Musical Gardens, which are: Tuesdays 24th and 31st of October, Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sundays 22th and 29th of October.  

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