Murakami Versailles

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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, 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
Murakami Versailles

Avenue de Paris
78008 Versailles
September 14th, 2010 - December 12th, 2010

Suburbs, les Banlieues, La Defense
+33 (0)
Tue-Sun 10-5
mixed-media, installation, sculpture


“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