ART: Murakami Versailles
After Jeff Koons and Xavier Veilhan, this year contemporary Japanese artist Murakami brings his super bright and superflat art to Louis IX’s opulent abode for the season’s blockbuster show. Murakami explains ‘Just as French people can find it hard to recreate in their minds an accurate image of the Samurai period, the history of this palace has become diminished for us in reality. So it is probable that the Versailles of my imagination corresponds to an exaggeration and a transformation in my mind so that it has become a kind of completely separate and unreal world. That is what I have tried to depict in this exhibition. I am the Cheshire cat that welcomes Alice in Wonderland with its diabolic smile, and chatters away as she wanders around the Château. With a broad smile I invite you all to discover the wonderland of Versailles.’
Tue 14 Sep-12 Dec. Twenty-three works, painting and sculptures, with eight created especially for this show, are installed in the Grand Apartment and Hall of Mirrors, and included in the tour of the Grand Apartment.