After Jeff Koons and Xavier Veilhan, this year contemporary Japanese artist Murakami will be bringing 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.’ The show opens to the general public on Tuesday.
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.
Takashi Murakami – Flower Matango (d) – 2001 – 2006 FRP, peinture à l’huile, acrylique et métal. ©2001 – 2006 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
Takashi Murakami – Tongari-Kun 2003 – 2004, Fibre de verre, acier et huile, acrylique et peinture uréthane © 2003 – 2004 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
Takashi Murakami – Oval Buddha Silver 2008, Argent – Courtesy Blum & Poe, Los Angeles © 2008 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.