Pavilion of the Indes

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Pavillon des Indes, park side

The Pavillon des Indes is a listed villa in the French city of Courbevoie . It goes back in part to the country pavilion of British India built for the World Exhibition in Paris in 1878 . In the building there is an apartment for art scholars and a museum exhibition.


Pavilion des Indes during the 1878 World's Fair

The designation Pavillon des Indes means pavilion of India or Indian pavilion . This was named after the country pavilion of British India at the Paris World Exhibition of 1878. This was built on behalf of the then Prince of Wales and later King Edward VII under the direction of the architect Caspar Purdon Clarke for the duration of the exhibition for six months. The pavilion was not located in the outdoor area, but in the central exhibition hall Palais de l'Exposition on the Champ de Mars . It consisted mainly of wood and glass decorated with carvings. The roof of the pavilion was decorated with several bulbous metal domes. During the world exhibition, visitors to the pavilion were able to see various exhibits of Indian handicrafts, including pieces that the Prince of Wales had brought back from his trip to India in 1875–1876. After the world exhibition, the pavilion was sold and divided. Some elements were used in the construction of a summer house in the Breton seaside resort of Paramé, today a district of Saint-Malo . This building was demolished in the early 20th century. Other parts of the original Pavilion des Indes were acquired by the Romanian Prince George Barbu Știrbei , who used them in 1881 to build a country house in Courbevoie. On the western edge of the Parc de Bécon , he had a villa built with masonry bricks and added a side wing made of components from the original Pavilion des Indes.

The pavilion initially served as a home and studio for Stirbei's stepdaughter, the painter Georges Achille-Fould . Her sister, the painter Consuelo Fould , lived in a villa on the other side of the park, the components of which had previously been on view as the national pavilion of Norway and Sweden at the 1878 World Exhibition. The Pavillon des Indes came into the possession of the city of Courbevoie in 1951, which used the villa as a horticultural department. The building has been a listed building since 1987. After the wooden construction of the original world exhibition pavilion in particular required renovation, the building was completely renovated by 2013. Since then there has been an apartment in the villa, which the city of Courbevoie, in collaboration with the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, has made available to contemporary sculptors for 18 months. From 2013 to 2015 the artist Sarah Derat lived in the Pavillon des Indes, from 2015 to 2017 Mara Fortunatović lived here . There is also a small exhibition on the history of the building in the Pavillon des Indes, which can be viewed a few days a year.


  • Anaël Pigeat: Sarah Derat, atelier-résidence du Pavillon des Indes 2013–2015. Beaux-arts de Paris Éditions, Paris 2015, ISBN 978-2-84056-467-6 .

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Coordinates: 48 ° 53 '58.4 "  N , 2 ° 16' 5.4"  E