Le Bristol Hotel, situated along Paris’ rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore for nearly a century, has recently staged sculptural exhibitions in its gardens, from Ai Weiwei, to Anish Kapoor and Xavier Veillan.
Le Bristol has always found novel ways to keep up with the French capital’s haul of palais hotels and has been a promoter of fashion functions, literary charity events and gastronomic celebrations since 1978.
To kick off its summer programme, Hicham Berrada has taken over Le Bar du Bristol with a film installation.
The marquee event is headlined by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren, who is currently staging his much anticipated return to Le Bristol in the garden outside the three Michelin-starred Epicure, bringing true colours to the hotel. The occasion is an appetiser to Buren’s turn at the Foundation Louis Vuitton where the 78-year-old swathed Frank Gehry’s sails with nearly 4000 pieces of coloured glass, transforming the gallery into a sequence of stained glass.
For Le Bristol’s site-specific installation, Buren is working on a smaller scale. Une Pause Coloree is a kaleidoscope interlude of rainbow hues folded around a sheltered walkway that is book-ended by open-toped conservatories, and is on view until October.
When staged against Le Bristol’s all-white façade and leafy greens, the effect of the coloured shades through the day creates a dappled effect.