Worlds of Dreams

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The dream-like, highly orig­i­nal and sim­ply beau­ti­ful shop win­dows cre­ated by Leïla Men­chari for the house of Her­mès are be­ing hon­oured with an ex­hi­bi­tion pre­sented by Her­mès en­ti­tled Her­mès à tire-d’aile-Les Mon­des de Leïla Men­chari at the Grand Palais. “Draw for me your dreams,” re­quested An­nie Beaumel, who was in charge of the store win­dows for Her­mès back in 1961 when Leïla Men­chari first came to Her­mès. And draw dreams she did from 1978 to 2013 when she would imag­ine, draw and cre­ate the decors of the win­dows of the cel­e­brated Parisian sad­dler. Trav­el­ling through a se­ries of eight tableaux the vis­i­tor can dis­cover the ex­tra­or­di­nary and gen­er­ous uni­verse of Leïla Men­chari cre­ated with the com­plic­ity of artists from all hori­zons rang­ing from painters, to sculp­tors to mo­saic artists, stone­cut­ters and more. “I al­ways wanted for it to be au­then­tic, sin­cere,” she says, “Some­times I was sur­re­al­ist, I loved that, but al­ways with real things, things that peo­ple could recog­nise. It had to be at once un­ex­pected, out of the or­di­nary, sur­pris­ing, some­thing that di­a­logued with the passers-by.”

From Novem­ber 8th through to De­cem­ber 3 3 ave Général Eisen­hower (8th), 01 44 13 17 17

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