FROM THE 1ST OF JULY TO 31ST OF AUGUST 2015
NOCTURNAL EVENTS AT CHAUMONT-SUR-LOIRE
“Gardens of Light”: a truly original illumination of the Festival Gardens
Every evening, except Friday, from 10 pm to midnight Find out more
“Magical Nights”: Château illuminations, over 2 500 candles
Fridays 17, 24 and 31 July / 07 and 14 August, from 10 pm to midnight Find out more
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Less than 200 km south of Paris, nestling between the cities of Tours and Blois, is a haven of poetry.
Owned by the Centre-Val de Loire Region, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire welcomes the public all year
round to its château and park – a natural oasis on a headland stretching out 40 metres above the wild
Loire. Whatever the season, the château, once the home of Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers and
Princess de Broglie, beckons you indoors to admire its cosy and lavishly furnished interiors, which have
been hugely embellished over recent years.
Installations by an array of contemporary artists in the château and along the footpaths of the park will
catch you by surprise, captivate and inspire you. In 2015, 15 new artists are taking over the Estate, its
grounds and outbuildings: the château has been graced with Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco's "phantom
flowers" and Swiss artists Gerda Steiner's & Jörg Lenzlinger's surrealist hanging garden, the Stable Ring
sports a spectacular installation by the Brazilian Tunga and the Le Fenil Gallery is adorned with an
exceptional wall hanging by the Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui. Go for a wander around the Historical Park
to see the gossamer installations by German artist Cornelia Konrads, the "River Constellation" by French
artist Christian Lapie and the tree knight by Finnish artist Antti Laitinen. Highly acclaimed photographers
including Edward Burtynsky, Naoya Hatakeyama and Alex MacLean shed light on the ravages of human
action on nature through stunningly beautiful images, while Mélik Ohanian, Xavier Zimmermann and JeanChristophe
Ballot unveil the pictorial splendour of trees from here and elsewhere.
Artistic emotion abounds everywhere at Chaumont-sur-Loire!