Art at Le Meurice

Le Meurice

Art at Le Meurice

Located just steps away from the world-famous Louvre, Le Meurice has always had a great passion for art in its own right. Take a look at some of our many art treasures.

 

Our 18th century opulence is combined with Philippe Starck chic and dashes of Dali, the surrealist artist who made Le Meurice his second home. Let us take you on a tour, highlighting our most prized works of art.

Living art

Living art

As soon as you enter Le Meurice, the eagle-eyed amongst you will spot our frosted mirror. Dali’s playful spirit and his love of cold mineral water was the inspiration for this interactive piece. The mirror has a unique refrigeration system that enables us to create a freshly-frozen canvas each day, on which our guests are invited in leave their mark. This is just one of the ways we encourage our guests to interact with us and embrace their creativity.

Let’s talk

Next to the frosted mirror is our reworking of a classic Louis XVI inspired conversational chair. This chair has been updated into a far more comfortable double-seated style, making it much better suited to hosting a relaxed chat. Dali created many ‘conversational pieces’ as he liked to call them, so this is very much his kind of style and is crafted from wood, cane and silver leaf.  We invite you to time a moment to try it yourself.

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A monumental masterpiece

A monumental masterpiece

The hand-painted ceiling canvas in Restaurant Le Dali was created for us by artist Ara Starck, daughter of Philippe Starck. The 145m²/476ft² canvas consists of four intricately stitched triangular panels and shows a series of dancers. It gives a wonderfully theatrical effect to the restaurant and acts as a striking reminder of the room’s Surrealist past.

Sip and savour

If you look carefully, you’ll realise you’re being watched by none other than Dalí’s eye as you enter the cosy confines of Bar 228, named after its prestigious location on 228 rue de Rivoli. Originally designed as a reading room, inside the bar you’ll find fresco panels by Alexandre Claude Louis Lavalley. These frescos depict a charming garden party at the famous Château de Fontainebleau and date back to 1907.

Sip and savour
The art of music

The art of music

When Salvador Dalí was a boy, the grand piano was an instrument only found in homes of the bourgeois. Growing up as an artist, he wished to imitate the distinguished lifestyle of the aristocracy. It was this inventive mix of ideas and genres that made him one of the most prolific Surrealist artists of the 20th century. Our piano is a tribute to him and sits half in the bar and half in the restaurant – something we believe would appeal to his unique way of looking at life.

Time for reflection

Instead of a classic fireplace, you’ll discover in the lobby that our centrepiece is a composition of candles and hand mirrors, made more beautiful with age. The flame, a highly symbolic element, reminds us of Dali’s passion for light and his famous Madonna of Port Lligat painting.

Time for reflection
Iberius Cube

Iberius Cube

Also in the lobby, right by the fireplace, is our Iberius cube. Created by Italian artist Fausto Salvi, this piece was inspired by the legend of Narcissus. Cubes are also reminiscent of the Dalí oil painting of Christ levitating in front of a crucifix of cubes.

LITERATURE PRIZE

Calling all writers

Le Meurice has always had a close relationship with the arts, and welcomed countless writers, artists and collectors throughout its long history. Inspired by this, we’re delighted to announce the first edition of our Literature Prize – €3,000 and a three-night stay awarded to the author of a novel, essay, short story, poem or autobiography. The winner will be chosen by 13 experts and general manager Franka Holtmann, who are looking out for something that breaks convention and shows a freedom of spirit.

The winner will be announced in May 2021.

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