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Museum Series #1

#MUSEUM SERIES is a new program of curatorial talks proposed in collaboration with the great museums of the Washington D.C. area.

The first installment of #MUSEUM SERIES is featuring the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden!

We are honored to receive the art historian and chief curator Dr. Wilfried Zeisler, for a virtual curatorial talk entitled « French Art and Culture at Hillwood », moderated by Vanessa Badré

Discover the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden - Marjorie Merriweather Post bought Hillwood in 1955 and soon decided her home would be a museum that would inspire and educate the public. Her northwest Washington, D.C. estate endowed the country with the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, a distinguished eighteenth-century French decorative art collection, and twenty-five acres of serene landscaped gardens and natural woodlands for all to enjoy. Opened as a public institution in 1977, today Hillwood's allure stems from the equally fascinating parts that make up the whole

    Take a pause with us to enjoy and discover the thrilling collections of the Hillwood Museum, whose history is intertwined with French culture.

    You can register by clicking here.

    Dr. Wilfried Zeisler is Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens’ chief curator. He is a graduate of Sorbonne University and the Ecole du Louvre, Paris. Wilfried has written extensively on French and Russian decorative arts, including a 2010 book on French ceramics commemorating the French-Russian Alliance, several articles, and contributions to books. Wilfried’s dissertation, L’Objet d’art et de luxe français en Russie (1881-1917) [French Objets d’art and Luxury Goods in Russia], was published in Paris in 2014. Since 2009, he has participated in and curated exhibitions in Paris, Monaco, and Washington DC.

    At Hillwood, his most recent exhibitions were Fabergé Rediscovered (2018), Bouke de Vries: War and Pieces (2019), and Natural Beauties: Exquisite Works of Minerals and Gems (2020). Wilfried co-authored Konstantin Makovsky: The Tsar's Painter in America and Paris (2015), and is the author of Fabergé Rediscovered and Vivre la Belle Epoque à Paris -- Paul de Russie et Olga Paley, both published in 2018. He is currently working on two book projects, one exploring the connections between the Yusupovs and Parisian culture and the second on the collection of Hillwood’s founder, Marjorie Post (co-authored with Hillwood’s curatorial team).

    Vanessa Badré is a graduate of the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po) and a trained attorney, Vanessa Badré has made a second career as an Art historian. Ms. Badré holds an M.A. in Art History from La Sorbonne. Her research currently focused on the relationship between art and law during the XVIe and XVIIe centuries. Before entering the Art world, Ms. Badré worked for more than a decade as a corporate lawyer specializing in Human Resources for the leading French automobile firms Citroen and Peugeot. She also practiced in the Human Resources Department for Colgate-Palmolive in Paris. She has lived in Paris, London, New York, and Washington, DC. She is married to Bertrand Badré and is the mother of four children.