New developments for the Prix de Diane
20 May 2015, The Museum of the Horse of Chantilly, France (Musée Vivant du Cheval) ~ The Prix de Diane Longines, which will take place this year on 14 June, has traditionally marked the occasion for renewing the collections at the Museum of the Horse of Chantilly which welcomed nearly 200,000 visitors in 2014.
Following the newest acquisitions, the enriched collection will be presented from 12 June. These include Indian miniatures, statues from the Tang dynasty (618-907), and new carousel horses. Among the new arrivals is a spectacular silk painting dating from the Quing dynasty (the last imperial Manchu dynasty to have reigned over China, between 1644 and 1912). The painting 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 ton, 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. The Camden market stables included a significant hospital for horses. These statues will grace the Cour des Remises from 12 June onwards.
Men and horses around the racecourse
150 exceptional photographs created by more than twenty 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 from Friday 12 June 2015.
Access to the exhibition is free of charge for all persons having a ticket to visit the Chantilly Domain.
Chantilly is 40km north of Paris and can be reached by car, train, and the RER.
Associated link: http://theequestriannews.com/2012/09/12/a-museum-where-horses-live/