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Galeries Lafayette Fetes Art Project

The French retailer is showcasing original art works in its windows.

Keith Haring's art in a Galeries Lafayette window in Paris.

ARTISTIC LEANINGS: French department store chain Galeries Lafayette hosted a cocktail at its Paris flagship on Monday night to celebrate the fifth edition of its annual “Windows on Art” project, which showcases original works by artists ranging from Keith Haring to South African sculptor Mary Sibande.
 
Until July 31, Galeries Lafayette stores in Paris, Marseille, Nantes, Strasbourg and Bordeaux will display works on loan from art institutions including the FRAC, the 23 regional funds for contemporary art which are celebrating their 30th anniversary.
 
The Paris windows also display reproductions of works by Roy Lichtenstein, the subject of a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou through Nov. 4, and a specially created concrete screen by Gonçalo Sena, who has just completed an eight-month residency at the Pavillon Neuflize OBC, the Palais de Tokyo’s research lab.

“The idea is to show the wealth and exhaustiveness of the cultural offer in Paris, so you go from the Maison Rouge, which is a relatively small private foundation in the Bastille area, to the National Museum of Modern Art,” said Guillaume Houzé, director of patronage and image at Galeries Lafayette.
 
Houzé is a descendant of the store’s founder and, together with his grandmother Ginette Moulin, has established a large private collection from which items are regularly displayed at the Galerie des Galeries, an exhibition space inside the Paris department store.
 
The family earlier this year created an endowment fund that financed the production of two videos shown as part of the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale. One of these — “Grosse Fatigue” — won Camille Henrot the Silver Lion for most promising young artist.