New collections in Chantilly






The Museum of the Horse in Chantilly is far from a stale affair. Since it’s inauguration two years ago it has welcomed nearly 200,000 people. During the Prix de Diane Longines it will new renew the collections for the second time.



Following new acquisitions, the enriched collection will be presented from 12th June with, in particular, Indian miniatures, statues from the Tang dynasty (618-907) and new carrousel horses. Among the new arrivals is a large silk painting dating from the Quing dynasty (the last imperial Manchu dynasty to have reigned over China, between 1644 and 1912) which is particularly spectacular. It commemorates the victorious campaign to reconquer the regions of the North-West of Manchuria and, in particular, the ultimate battle undertaken by the Manchurian riders along the banks of the River Li (1877).


New antique carriages, including a very pretty Light Sporting Wagonette Break ordered by Moët and Chandon and created by Moren in 1890, are joining the western nave.


The most spectacular part of this new museography is in the Cour des Remises, with the installation of two majestic horse head statues, each weighing nearly a tonne, measuring three metres by one metre twenty, and dating from the end of the 19th century. These imposing horse heads were erected in Camden Lock Market in London in the historic quarter of the Pickford stables where draught horses pulled barges along the London canals. These Camden market stables included a significant hospital for horses. These statues will grace the Cour des Remises from 12th June onwards.




150 exceptional photographs created by more than twenty of the best known photo-journalists, from France, Italy, Germany Great Britain, Japan, Ireland, Peru and the USA, all specialized in horse-racing, will be exhibited in the West Nave of the Grandes Ecuries of Chantilly as from Friday 12 June 2015.


Grouped by themes, these images will takes the viewer up close to show the special atmosphere at the stables, the gallops and the races.


The images will be complemented by a few objects racing silks, a clock and various pieces of equipment for measuring time lent by Longines, which, with the Chantilly Foundation, is the main sponsor of the exhibition.

Photos were contributed by the National Horse Racing Museum at Newmarket, the International Horse Museum at Lexington, Kentucky, and the Westphalisches Pferdemuseum at Münster who also helped with the selection of the photographers.

The exhibition curator is Benoit Junod while the scenography is designed by Ambito Cero (who also designed the Museum of the Horse).


 (Source R&B Presse)