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August 22, 2012

Le Royal Monceau's Dreamlike Art Exhibit

By Erin Schumaker | Art

Le Royal Monceau’s Dreamlike Art Exhibit
Courtesy Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

Art has been a cornerstone of Le Royal Monceau’s identity since the iconic 84-year-old Parisian hotel reopened in 2010 on the heels of a redesign by French architect and designer Philippe Starck. In addition to a dedicated art concierge (the first in Paris) and an art bookstore, the hotel has its own gallery, Art District, where the work of French photographer Jean-François Rauzier is on view in the exhibit “Hyper Versailles” through September 2.

Rauzier works in a self-invented style he calls “hyperphoto,” where he creates visual images from hundreds of still shots taken with a telephoto lens, then assembles the images on his computer. “Hyperphotos are like a long-forgotten dream come to life,” he says. “The images are assembled numerically, to create an image so detailed and fascinating yet at the same time massive in scale and never ending—just like a dream.”

Among the works on display at Le Royal Monceau is Galerie des Affaires Etrangères (pictured above), a 2011 piece from Rauzier’s “Versailles” series and a whimsical creation made up of photographs taken in the Gallery of the Hotel of Foreign Affairs and the Navy, the very room where the 1783 Treaty of Versailles was negotiated, bringing about the end of the American War of Independence. Through September 2; rooms, from $960; 37 Hoche Ave.; 33-1/4299-8800; leroyalmonceau.com.

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