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Le Bristol Paris, in association with Galerie kamel mennour, has invited two leading contemporary artists to enhance our annual art exhibition. For three years, Le Bristol Paris has organized this special event around the most demanding contemporary works of art, inviting leading contemporary artists to display their work in our spirited bar and French garden, in collaboration with the top Parisian contemporary art galleries.

This year's exhibition, initiated by Kamel Mennour and curator Florence Parot, will feature one of Daniel Buren's signature pergolas in Le Jardin Français, as well as Hicham Berrada's ethereal and vaporous projections on the mirrored screen in Le Bar du Bristol. In partnership with FIAC, the major international art fair, Le Bristol Paris will exhibit colombian artist Iván Argote, from October 19 to November 20, 2016.


The Artists

Born in 1938 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Daniel Buren creates site-specific installations. After graduating from the École des Métiers d’Art in 1960, Buren pursued his work on the economy of artistic means. In 1965, he abandoned traditional painting for his 8.7-cm-wide vertical stripes, alternating between white and another color, which are a constant in all his media. Beginning in the 1970s, Daniel Buren’s works have been exhibited in hundreds of solo and group shows throughout the world and have occupied scores of public spaces. One of Buren's most famous pieces, Les Deux Plateaux, commonly known as Buren’s Columns, was installed in 1986 in the courtyard of the Palais Royal which was subject to much controversy in the press. The artist innovates by frequently changing media and the surfaces he uses, experimenting with marble, stone, plastic, mirrors, Plexiglas and glass. Buren continues to produce two- or three- dimensional works, such as his splayed cabins and pergolas, which invited interaction. Viewers find themselves "caught" in color, which transforms the three-dimensional space. Buren is currently working on a project at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and will be showcased at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, in Paris, with a work titled L’Observatoire de la Lumière, a site-specific installation, from May 11.

Hicham Berrada was born in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1986, and graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris in 2011. Berrada pursued his researchrelating to the activation of various natural processes at Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Le Fresnoy, and participated in several group exhibitions in Paris, Brussels, Casablanca and Beirut. In February 2013, he had his first solo exhibition, designed with curator Mouna Mekouar, at the Palais de Tokyo in the context of the Modules Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent. That same year, he won the Fondation Schneider’s first prize in the installation category. He was also a resident at the Villa Medici in 2014. His dazzling Mesk-ellil was exhibited at the galerie kamel mennour and at the last Lyon Biennale. Berrada's work was recently included in the Centre Pompidou's prestigious permanent collections.

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1983, Iván Argote settled in Paris in 2006. His work explores human behavior, how peoplerelateto their environment, and our inextricable links to history, tradition, art, politics and power. Argote creates public installations including video, photographs and sculpture. Public monuments and statuary are recurring themes in his work, which questions the mechanisms of power and authority. Argote explores the city as a place of transformation and virtuality.

Art at Le Bristol Paris continues in partnership with FIAC

FIAC, a major international art fair now in its 43rd year, is held under the majestic glass roof of the Grand Palais, bringing together modern and contemporary art, emerging artists, designers and the most prestigious galleries in the world representing thousands of artists.
This year, Le Bristol Paris will collaborate with FIAC, inviting Colombian artist Iván Argote to install a series of original sculptures in our garden and screen his videos in Le Bar du Bristol. The artist will bring his personal take on the lion, a major icon of Paris's monumental statuary, drawing inspiration from figures found at the Place de la République, Place Denfert-Rochereau, the Tuileries gardens and Pont Alexandre III.  

Installations In The Garden

Daniel Buren, one of the most renowned artists in the world, has used his signature 8.7-cm- (3.4-in) wide vertical stripes to develop his work in many private and public spaces. Each Daniel Buren exhibition is an event.
For his invitation to Le Bristol, Buren will install as from May 25th a spectacular, as demonstrated in the technical digital imaging featured to the left, a totally unique pergola called, Une Pause Colorée, which will face the colonnade of our three-star restaurant Epicure. This site-specific work was created especially for our garden.
Here, the artist revisits the common uses of the pergola—a lightweight construction to support climbing plants and provide shade—by hanging five alphabetically arranged colours, instead of flowers, over our heads. The colours play with the sunlight, which is cast throughout the garden.

Projection on Le Bar du Bristols Mirrored Screen

Le Bar du Bristol’s large mirrored screen will be illuminated with a selection of videos by artist Hicham Berrada. Enriched by his dual artistic and scientific training, Berrada's work combines intuition and knowledge, science and poetry and explores scientific protocols that closely mimic various natural or atmospheric processes with a painterly approach. Berrada’s projection of ethereal and vaporous works meets the cocktails of in-house alchemist Maxime Hoerth, Head Barman and Best Craftsman in France.



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