Hiroshi Sugimoto outside the Belvedere at the Trianon Estate, 2018.
For its eleventh exhibition of contemporary art, the Palace of Versailles has invited the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto to utilize the gardens of the estate of Trianon to install art and architecture and to arrange performances.
During the exhibition time, the Present breathes new life into the Past at Versailles. Hiroshi Sugimoto will settle his installations in several spaces in the Estate of Trianon : Petit Trianon, Flat Pool, Belvedere, Queen's Theater, French Pavilion and the Garden Room. The artist presents the shadows of greats personnages who lived or marked the places : from Louis XIV who set up Montespan here to Marie-Antoinette who put the finishing touches to its aesthetic, it is a whole historic facet that Sugimoto reinvents through his installations. His art questions our relationship with photography and time : it is a practise that blends the modernist project with Japanese tradition and takes place in a unique and historical place : the Estate of Trianon.
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