As autumn dresses Paris in its vibrant hues, the city eagerly anticipates an exciting exhibition. Maison Guerlain, renowned for luxury and refinement, is delving into contemporary art with a splendid exhibition titled “Les Fleurs du Mal.”
This showcase transcends mere artistic representation; it extends an invitation to delve deep into the realms of self-exploration, drawing inspiration from the works of poet Charles Baudelaire. This homage takes on greater significance this year as Maison Guerlain commemorates the 170th anniversary of the iconic Bee Bottle, crafted for Empress Eugénie, a true patroness of Baudelaire.
AN HOMAGE TO CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
The exhibition stands as a poetic ode to the works of Charles Baudelaire, delving into the delicate boundaries of existence. It beckons us to introspect profoundly upon the duality of life and death, the melancholy and the ideal. It is worth noting that Empress Eugénie, for whom the famed Bee Bottle was created, was a philanthropist and protector of the poet.
A DIVERSE COLLECTIVE OF ARTISTS
Over 25 international artists, a blend of emerging talents and established figures in the contemporary art scene, have lent their unique voices to this exhibition. Each artist has crafted a contribution that subtly resonates with the theme through an array of artistic mediums.
Flowers, eternal symbols of beauty and sensitivity, display subtle ambiguities in this exhibition. Poetic manifestations of ethereal sensuality, messengers of nature, art, and human emotions, also unveil malevolent aspects. Each creation showcased by Maison Guerlain explores the fragile boundaries of existence and invites profound introspection into the duality of life and death, melancholy and idealism, in a quest for transcendence.
LES FLEURS DU MAL, Maison Guerlain: 68 Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
From October 18 to November 13, 2023.
Open Monday to Saturday Sunday
from 12:00 to 19:00