From 19 June to 10 October 2021, the Palace of Versailles will have the honour of hosting “The Lalanne at Trianon” in partnership with Galerie Mitterrand. This exhibition will present works by sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne along a visit route that leads from the gardens of the Petit Trianon to the Queen's Hamlet.
The Palace of Versailles and Galerie Mitterrand are presenting works by sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne in The Lalanne at Trianon, an exhibition that will extend from the Petit Trianon to the Queen's Hamlet via the English Gardens.
The exhibition will reveal poetic and surrealist animal sculptures in dialogue with the bucolic atmosphere of the location.
It will be an exceptional opportunity to discover some of the couple's major works such as the emblematic Choupatte (Géant), 2016, and the Wapiti (Grand), 1996.
Assisted by the Lalanne family and several collectors, Galerie Mitterrand has chosen a selection of the Lalannes’ sculptures in harmony with the different atmospheres of the Estate of Trianon for an exhibition that showcases an impressively diverse range of the Lalanne’ works made over a period of fifty years.
Laurent Salomé Director of the National Museum of the Palace of Versailles and Trianon.
This exhibition was produced with the support of the Galerie Mitterrand, thanks to the patronage of Dior.
Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne carried out their work in parallel from the 1950s onwards, drawing their inspiration from nature. Their works are based on playful associations imbued with humour and poetry.
All their lives, the Lalanne paid tribute to nature through their works by evoking fauna and flora in sculpture.
The respective work of Claude Lalanne and François-Xavier Lalanne has almost always been presented opposite each other. But it is indeed two parallel works with their singularity that are exhibited.
Claude Lalanne was trained at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and whose exceptional reputation of her works is now celebrated worldwide. Claude Lalanne's works are made using techniques related to imprinting, casting and electroplating, and she freezes natural forms and instinctively transforms them into sculptures, tables, chairs, benches or mirrors.
François-Xavier Lalanne is convinced that sculpture, and more generally the work of art, can have a function. There is no confusion between their very different approaches to sculpture - moulding and assembly for her, drawing and construction for him - nor between their worlds - classical and architectural for François-Xavier, organic and baroque for Claude.
The bucolic World
The choice of location is ideal for showcasing the couple’s sculptures on nature seen through fauna and flora. It was here that Marie-Antoinette dreamed of building the hamlet, nestled in a corner of the English Gardens. She built a series of small thatched pavilions designed by the architect Richard Mique, perhaps inspired by the tales of Perrault or the fables of De La Fontaine during the reign of Louis XIV, or the Pre-Romantic walks of Jean-Jacques Rousseau in her own time.
The queen wanted to bring nature to a human scale in harmony with her private dreams and to be able share with it the secrets of her soul. A few years previously, the Petit Trianon, which opens onto the English park on one side, satisfied the same desires for Madame de Pompadour and then Madame Du Barry, with the classical architectural order of Gabriel as the backdrop.
- A guided tour in French is offered free of charge and on reservation with an entrance ticket for the Trianon estate, every weekend.
An audio guide tour will be available when the exhibition opens and will be downloadable free of charge in the Palace of Versailles app. The app also includes a map to allow you to geolocate yourself in the Estate of Trianon.
This exhibition is produced with the partnership of Beaux Arts Magazine.
- From June 19th to October 10th, 2021
- From 12pm to 6.30pm, last admission at 6pm
- In the Petit Trianon and the Queen's Hamlet, access to the Petit Trianon or the Grand Trianon.
- Download the map of the works.
- The exhibition route of the Lalanne is rural and difficult to access for people with reduced mobility.
- Admission with the "Estate of Trianon" and "Passeport" tickets
This exhibition was made possible thanks to the support of Galerie Mitterrand and the patronage of Dior.
Life on the estate
The Sculpture and Moulding Gallery opens its doors, free of charge, every weekend from May 22. It houses two important collections, including a set of casts from the Gyspothèque of the Musée du Louvre and some sixty original marble statues that come directly from the Gardens.
From May 22th to October 31th 2021, enjoy the Musical Gardens from Tuesday to Friday and the Musical Fountains Shows on Saturdays and Sundays in the Gardens and the groves open for the occasion. Every Saturday night from 12th June to 18th September, and on Wednesday 14th July, discover the gardens of Versailles in the evening with the Night Fountains Shows.
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