REFLECTIONS ON PARISIAN CULTURE
Hotel Molitor Paris has an enviable history, even when it was closed in 1989 it attracted the Parisian underground. Constructed in 1929 by Lucien Pollet, in an avant-garde Art Deco décor style, and immediately established itself as the go-to destination for Parisians to bathe, socialize and exercise. The hotel maintained its crown for 60 years before closing its doors to the public in 1989.
Credit Photo: Sunbathers at Piscine Molitor, Paris, 1929 (found on https://www.vintag.es/)
It was in this period from 1989 to 2014 that The Molitor became a social hub for the Parisian underground; artists, photographers and eventually the fashion world embraced this electric atmosphere and the forbidden became the norm. The Molitor’s subcultural position was cemented into the fabric of Paris itself.
Since re-opening in 2014 the latest incarnation of Hotel Molitor Paris continues to reflect on its artistic heritage by hosting an art installation in their outdoor swimming pool area each year. This year, the artist Amélie Lengrand has taken over, creating a giant spherical structure suspended above the water, taking inspiration from the reflections of the pool, and the architecture of the hotel itself.
She worked with our iconic Magic Mirror film and its unique dichroic refractive qualities to create her sculptural oeuvre. The film gives the work an unparalleled colourful reflection that mirrors the rich and colourful past of the hotel itself.
“Molitor, above and beyond its current incarnation, has been at various moments a place of celebration, meetings, and parties. For me, it reflects the idea of a village fete, a place of freedom that celebrates the joy of being together. The work is an interpretation of this, inspired by the Mirrorball in the club combined with Hotel Molitor’s architecture”
– Amélie Lengrand.
Lengrand’s installation is free to visit until 29 February 2020.
Credit Photo: All photos courtesy L’hôtel Molitor Paris & Amélie Lengrand unless otherwise stated