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The Lalannes at Trianon

This summer, the Château de Versailles and the Mitterrand gallery present the work of sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne. Their surreal, poetic animal-inspired sculptures hold a discourse with the rural world created by Marie-Antoinette.

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Follow a route from the Petit Trianon to the Hameau de la Reine, via the English Garden, and discover the largest collection of works by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne ever assembled.

Drawing inspiration from nature, this now-deceased artistic couple produced two parallel lines of work from the 1950s onwards, created from playful associations filled with humour and poetry, but each in accordance with their own working approach. Claude’s works were created using techniques related to stamping, moulding and electroplating, while the work of François-Xavier Lalanne is distinguished by his combination of refined penmanship with exacting execution. His works cover a mischievous bestiary in formal poses. Going against the flow of fashion, artistic movements and groups of their time, and with much in common with Surrealists, Les Lalanne occupied their whole lives, and their works, in praise of nature through the evocation of its flora and fauna via sculpture.

Versailles and contemporary art

This exhibition, which was made possible by the Lalanne family, a number of collectors and the Mitterrand Gallery, provides an opportunity to discover – or rediscover – major works such as a Wapiti (Grand), 1996, an Âne Bâté, 1985, and also Le Très Grand Ours, 2007, along with an iconic Herd of Sheep created by François-Xavier, with accompanying contributions of Pomme de New York, 2006, the Nouveau Lapin de Victoire, 2007, and the iconic Choupatte (Géant), 2016 chicken/cabbage sculpture by Claude.

Marie-Antoinette’s estate provides a fabulous backdrop to these no less fantastic animals. A beautiful walk to be enjoyed in mid-summer!

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Domaine de Marie-Antoinette
78000 Versailles

Days and opening hours

From 1906 to 10/10/2021 between 12 pm and 6.30 pm. Closed on Monday.


  • Normal entrance ticket for the Trianon : 12€ Free entry for under 26 yeras old from European Union Free entry for under 18 years old from International.


Spoken languages

  • French
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