SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, PARIS PRESENTS VOYAGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES BY JEAN-BAPTISTE HUYNH UNTIL MAY 20, 2019
PARIS PRESENTS VOYAGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES Photo Exhibition will Complement Huynh’s Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts Exhibit with Specially Chosen Photography for Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
Paris, February 19, 2019 – PARIS PRESENTS VOYAGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES Through May 20, 2019, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris will show 11 works by the French photographer with Vietnamese roots, Jean-Baptiste Huynh. The exhibition will run concurrently with Huynh’s Infinis d’Asie exhibit at the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts featuring portraiture created across Asia. A self-taught photographer who has had a solo exhibition at the Louvre and a retrospective at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Hyunh has won numerous prizes and distinctions for work featuring recurrent themes of the portrait, the gaze, self-image, light, timelessness and our relationship with the infinite.
PARIS PRESENTS VOYAGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES
VOYAGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES Exhibit at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
The VOYAGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris will complement the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts exhibition with portrait, landscape and still life works. Huynh designed the exhibit specifically for Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. It begins in the lobby with four travel portraits and continues into Bar Botaniste with two works of plants from the JAPON series, referencing the palace’s original owner Prince Roland Bonaparte’s passion for botany. At the entrance to La Bauhinia restaurant, two large-format works create a magnificent face-off, while inside La Bauhinia diners will find the portrait of a young man photographed in early 2019 at Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa, Muscat titled OMAN – Portrait 1. The photographic voyage culminates under the restaurant’s glass cupola with a photographic sculpture, NATURE, an original new work by the artist created specially for Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. The work is composed of images of a blackberry, a melon, a nectarine, an artichoke and a speckled apple, whose position pointing towards the sky under the glass roof gives it a cosmic appearance.
La Bauhinia Menus and Offers Inspired by VOYAGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES
For the occasion, Chef Christophe Moret has created a lunch menu with Southeast Asian flavors priced at 30 Euros at La Bauhinia, including a starter and a main course or a main course and a dessert, and a priority ticket for the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts. Dishes on the menu include favorites such as a green curry and pad thai, alongside lighter fare such as scallops in a ginger lime broth and an avocado salad with mango, cucumber, pineapple and papaya. Diners can end their meal on a sweet note with madong chocolate, a dish with lightly smoked, smooth black cardamom and fleur de sel caramel and cocoa sorbet, or the queen swarm, a pollen shortbread with a honey and olive oil confit, lemon and eucalyptus jelly. Museum visitors can also enjoy a 20 percent discount at La Bauhinia on the à la carte menu, which includes both Southeast Asian and French dishes, from Monday to Saturday, upon presentation of their exhibition ticket (excluding offers, drinks and special events).
Shared Heritage of Shangri-La Hotel, Paris and Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, a palace hotel imbued with Asian culture, is a natural partner to the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts, which is only steps from the hotel across Avenue d’Iena. Through the theme of travel explored by the works of Huynh, Shangri-La pays tribute to Roland Bonaparte, the original owner of the palace and an erudite aristocrat and great traveler. During his lifetime, Prince Roland traveled the breadth of the Asian continent, from the Far East, to Indonesia and India, and to the Mongolian regions of northern China and Tibet. These later journeys inspired his Collection of Documents from the Mongol Period, a notable contribution to Europe’s increasing interest in China. Roland Bonaparte shared with his contemporary, Emile Guimet, founder of the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts, a common passion for science, a taste for adventure and discovery. Nearly a century later, Prince Roland’s former home has become a palace hotel welcoming travelers from around the globe. This heritage takes on new meaning with the exhibition VOYAGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES.
La Bauhinia VOYAGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES Offer Details
Menu VOYAGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES is available for EUR30 (about USD34). Valid for lunch from Monday to Saturday. Guests who present an exhibition ticket for INFINIS D’ASIE will receive 20 percent discount off the menu, excluding offers, drinks and special events.
The Oman man: The story of a portrait
By Jean-Baptiste Huynh
For 30 years, I have been journeying through elegant hotels and modest guest houses, setting up my camera, my black backdrop and my light in markets in the four corners of the world. This search for authentic faces, with their ancestral morphology and limpid gazes, as well as cosmic vegetables in metaphorical shapes, motivated what remain, for me, expeditions.
January 2019, Oman: along with my camera, my black backdrop and my light – the same that I have been using for decades – precious allies of the gaze that have traveled with me to guesthouses in Mali, tents in Ethiopia, monasteries in Japan and India and to telescopes in the deserts of Greenland and Chile, I unpack my cases and traveling studio in Shangri-La Oman, a prestigious palace hotel anchored in minimalist design opposite a crystalline sea.
I go out to get to know Muscat, full of the exaltation of knowing nothing of this country and this culture. Twenty meters down the road, I see a man, attractive, carrying his head high, wearing a beautiful keffiyeh. I approach him and tell him that I would like to photograph him. He seems just as surprised to see me there as he is by my request, I explain to him that I am a portraitist, an artist and tell him what about him has inspired me. I convince him; “OK, go ahead, take a picture of me,” he says. “My camera and all my equipment weigh 50kg, my traveling studio is set up where I’m staying, just over there,” I tell him, indicating the hotel. “Come with me, I’ll take a fine image of you and you can have it to keep afterwards.” He follows me. A story of a portrait.
Jean-Baptiste Huynh – Biography
Jean-Baptiste Huynh was born in France in 1966, to a French mother and a Vietnamese father. From 2006 until 2012, he worked on a study of light through six photographic projects: MIROIRS (2006), CREPUSCULES (2007), FEU (2008), MONOCHROME (2009), LOUVRE (2011) and AVEUGLES (2012), brought together in the book Lumière, that accompanied the solo exhibition at the Louvre dedicated to Huynh. His photographic research also explores reflection, in the studies MIRIORS (2006) and REFLECTION (2014-2018), the third phase of which focused on otherness, apparitions and infinity through the study of mercury mirrors.
A Villa Médicis Hors les Murs laureate for Vietnam, Jean-Baptiste Huynh exhibits in major museums and galleries worldwide. In 2002, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie presented the exhibition Yeux, and an accompanying volume of portraits by Jean-Baptiste of major international photographers and painters. In 2006, the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris devoted a retrospective to him, Le Regard à l’Oeuvre, which brought together his studies of the human face through travel portraits in a variety of world cultures. In 2012, the Louvre invited him to stage Rémanence, a solo exhibition bringing together new work inspired by objects from the Museum’s collections.
In 2017, the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques – Guimet offered him carte blanche to stage an exhibition. The project is now seeing the light of day in 2019, as a retrospective of his existing work in Asia, enriched with new photographs made over the past two years, in the MNAAG collection and images from REFLECTION – ASIE, focusing on the diversity of the female face in Asia. In a continuation of this, Jean-Baptiste Huynh is developing a wider portraiture project: WOMAN 2018-2021, showcasing the beauty of the female face in all its universality and timelessness. A selection will be shown at Galerie Lelong in Paris, from February 18th to May 11th, 2019, on avenue Matignon, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Accompanying this research, is a series of interviews with personalities from diverse areas, on the theme of beauty. In 2019, Jean-Baptiste Huynh will also be showing work at Patrick Gutknecht Gallery, in Geneva, at Camera Work Gallery in Berlin, as well as at the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow, in Russia. In parallel to INFINIS D’ASIE, he is showing a specific exhibition at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. PARIS PRESENTS VOYAGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES
About the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts
Inherited from the generosity, taste and spirit of adventure and discovery of Émile Guimet, the National Museum of Asian Arts, which bears his name, holds an important place amongst French museums, and more generally amongst Western museums, as a most remarkable institution. One of the widest collections of Asian arts in the world, the main building, place d’Iéna, offers a complete journey through the arts, civilizations and cultures of Asia.
Émile Guimet’s founding project was continued throughout the 20th Century with scientific contributions of an exceptional line of researchers, pioneer archaeologists, who combined passion and knowledge with an audacity which led some of them to heroic actions. With their talent, courage and dedication, Louis Delaporte, Paul Pelliot, Maria and Joseph Hacquin, Edouard Chavannes, to mention but a few, have given to the museum its artistic richness, scientific renown and international prestige.
The MNAAG expands on three sites: the main museum, place d’Iéna, the Hôtel d’Heidelbach, where one can admire the collections of Chinese furniture and a traditional Japanese tea house, and the Museum d’Ennery, an open window on Japonism at the end of the 19th Century. Loyal to its missions of research and transmission of knowledge, the MNAAG offers a rich and wide program, with several exhibitions every year, such as Cartes blanches given to contemporary artists.
The spirit of the MNAAG also includes an ambitious acquisition policy, the Émile Guimet Asian literature Award, events beyond its walls, and a rich artistic and cultural program open on all aspects of Asian culture and creation.
About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, Bahrain, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.