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Paris

Chateau de Versailles

Exhibition Detail
Murakami Versailles
Avenue de Paris
78008 Versailles
France


September 14th, 2010 - December 12th, 2010
 
Oval Buddha Silver , Takashi MurakamiTakashi Murakami, Oval Buddha Silver ,
2008, Silver , 136.5 x 80.5 x 78 cm
© Courtesy Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/ Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. Château de Versailles/Salon de l’Abondance / Florian Kleinefenn
Flower Matango, Takashi MurakamiTakashi Murakami, Flower Matango,
2001 - 2006 FRP, peinture à l'huile, acrylique et métal, 315 x 204,7 x 263 cm
© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. / Photo: Florian Kleinefenn - Galerie des Glaces / Château de Versailles
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> QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.chateauversailles.fr/homepage
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Suburbs, les Banlieues, La Defense
EMAIL:  
accueil.public@chateauversailles.fr
PHONE:  
+33 (0)1.30.83.78.00
OPEN HOURS:  
Every day except Monday 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. last admission: 6:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. Closing cash
TAGS:  
mixed-media, installation, sculpture
> DESCRIPTION

“For a Japanese like me, the Château de Versailles is one of the greatest symbols of Western history. It is the emblem of an ambition for elegance, sophistication and art that most of us can only dream of.

Of course, we are aware that the spark that set fire to the powder of the Revolution came directly from the centre of the building.

But, in many respects, everything is transmitted to us as a fantastic tale coming from a very distant kingdom. 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.”

Takashi Murakami


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