On board its Airbus A380s, Air France customers travelling in La Première and Business class can discover the gallery, an area dedicated to culture and art.
Throughout the year, in partnership with leading art galleries, exhibitions which are renewed every month are shown on video screens.
This month, the gallery will be showing a video by Benoît Broisat, called “Bonneville” (2004), from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.
This video is a silent walk through Paris, his home town, a black and white cartoon: a poetic journey in time and space.
In February, Air France will be showing three videos by Mark Lewis, a Canadian artist living in London who represented Canada at the biannual Venice Art Festival in 2009: ‘Centrale’ (1999), ‘Rush Hour, Morning and Evening, Cheapside’ (2005) and his latest video, ‘Hendon FC’ (2010). These three videos are from the Arsfutura collection.
In March, the artist Bob Wilson will be exhibiting artistic portraits of personalities, notably Brad Pitt, Isabelle Huppert and Isabella Rossellini. Bob Wilson is an artist who is well known as a director and who has worked for the most prestigious opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera and the Opera Bastille.
In 2010, the gallery presented works by international artists from prestigious art galleries such as the Louvre, the Palazzo Grassi in Venice and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
On board its A380, Air France has presented:
- in partnership with the Magnum Gallery: ‘First Color’ by the photographer Inge Morath, presenting her first colour photos taken during trips to Spain, Iran, Romania, Mexico and Tunisia.
- the exhibition from the Palazzo Grassi ‘Mapping the Studio: Artists from the François Pinault Collection’, for the opening of the Punta della Dogana in June 2009 in Venice.
- an extract from the exhibition at the Louvre ‘Holy Russia, Russian Art from the Beginnings to Peter the Great’, devoted to the history of Christian Russia, through more than four hundred works of art mainly from Russian museums and libraries.
- an exhibition from the MoMA in New York: ‘Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century’, the first major retrospective in the United States for over 30 years with more than 300 photographs taken between 1929 and 1989.
- the video ‘L’homme dans les draps’ by Alain Fleischer, a French filmmaker, photographer, artist and writer.
- a video exhibition by Ange Leccia, a contemporary French artist and director of the Pavillon, a research laboratory for young artists at the Palais de Tokyo.
- an extract from a second exhibition at the Louvre, ‘Antiquity Rediscovered. Innovation and Resistance in the 18th Century’, through a selection of over 150 major works illustrating the birth of the art movement known as ‘neoclassical’.