The Oetker family, owners of Le Bristol Paris, have this year continued their tradition of commissioning an esteemed artist to create an installation for the hotel’s bar and gardens. For summer 2016, the artist is Daniel Buren, who has chosen to create a multicoloured conceptual pergola for the hotel’s three-star Michelin restaurant L’Epicure.
Buren’s bold signature stripes have made him one of the most recognised artists both in France and throughout the world. He uses white and coloured vertical stripes – 8.7cm wide – to develop his work in private and public places such as the gardens of the Palais-Royal, Paris; Odaïba Bay, Tokyo; and Tottenham Court Road underground station, London.
The imposing Plexiglas work for Le Bristol faces the classic colonnade of the restaurant; it is a lightweight construction of the sort that usually serves as a support for climbing plants and to provide a little shade from the sun. The artist transcends its common use – there’s not a hanging basket in sight: “The viewer is invited to browse this temporary architecture and enter into a dialogue with this environment,” says gallerist Kemel Mennour, who has represented Buren for 10 years. There are two separate tables seating four diners both for lunch and dinner.
Executive chef Eric Frechon suggests asparagus from Pertuis, signature truffled macaroni, whiting from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, honey-glazed Bresse pigeon, cheese from Monsieur Antony and Marie-Anne Cantin and, to finish, Menton-lemon limoncello dessert or Nyangbo chocolate dessert.
The icing on the gâteau is that after the summer, Galerie Kamel Mennour, whose new gallery space is located near to Le Bristol at 28 Avenue Matignon, will offer the pergola for sale.