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Until February 22, 2015, the Palace of Versailles presents masterpieces of furniture from 1650 to 1789. The opportunity to highlight the creative wealth of the time but also the innovative and pioneering character of 18th century furniture century in terms of shapes, techniques, decorations and materials. A nice exhibition which retraces the creations of the biggest names of this period.
A hundred pieces of furniture presented
From the collections of the richest art lovers of the time, around a hundred masterpieces are on display at the Palace of Versailles, some visible for the first time to the public. All the greatest creators of the time are represented: André-Charles Boulle, Charles Cressent, Jean-François Oeben or Georges Jacob through a journey placed under the gaze of Jean Nouvel. The visitor thus sets out to discover the evolution of forms; from large cabinets from the middle of the 17th century to the straight lines of the end of the 18th century, including the famous Louis XV style curves.
A contemporary and refined scenography
Wanted as a "visual laboratory", the exhibition focused on a modern and refined scenography in order to make room for the exhibits. Each piece of furniture, placed high for a better understanding of the visitor's eye, stands out against a simple white background. Visuals, architects' drawings, models, investigation films and magnifying glasses shed light on the design of the furniture and make this presentation accessible to all. The little extra touch will be brought by the architect Jean Nouvel whose observations and reflections accompany the visitor throughout the course.
Exhibition: "18th, at the sources of design" Château de Versailles Until February 22, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. More info on chateauversailles.fr