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Le Grand Salon: A Journey to the 18th Century



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Le Grand Salon: A Journey to the 18th Century, FRAME
Le Grand Salon

A Journey to the 18th Century : A game for ages 8 to 12 years old and all those young at heart This game spotlights the stunning splendor of Parisian salons during the early 18th century, as well as art styles through history. Players become decorators of a genuine salon in the style of the court of Louis XV!

To play the Grand Salon Game:
Pick a character from the King's Court, then audition to become a decorator for M. Gaillard de La Bouëxière. By meeting challenges and earning virtual Louis D'Or (gold coins), you advance on your quest. After proving your ability and sense of style, you are ready to decorate the Grand Salon using furniture, paintings, and other decorative art objects drawn from the collections of FRAME museums in Lyon, Minneapolis, and Tours.

Your challenges include matching animals and figures from the carvings and paintings, and grouping objects of the same art historical styles. You'll soon see the difference between styles of Greek and Roman antiquity and in objects from the Renaissance to Art Deco!

Permanently installed within the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Grand Salon from the Hôtel Gaillard de La Bouëxière is an authentic interior from a home in Paris. Once owned by Jean Gaillard de La Bouëxière, a tax collector for Louis XV, the mansion originally stood at the corner of the Rue Neuve-des-Petits-Champs (now the Rue Danielle Casanova) and the Rue d'Antin, near the Place Vendôme and, later, the Opera Garnier. Images of cavorting monkeys and other mythological and allegorical symbols cover the sumptuously carved and gilded paneling.

Contributing museums
The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours (in France) and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (United States).

The Grand Salon activity is available in both French and English.

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Type: Web
Grades: 3-8
Instructional Method: Multimedia Instruction, Thematic Approach
Added to Site: June 3, 2009