takashi murakami at versailles
takashi murakami at versailles takashi murakami at versailles
sep 20, 2010

takashi murakami at versailles

‘oval buddha’ by takashi murakami, 2007-2010 (bronze and gold leaf) ©2007-2010 takashi murakami/kaikai kiki co., ltd. all rights reserved. photo: cedric delsaux – water parterre / château de versailles the château de versailles is the location of the latest exhibition by japanese artist takashi murakami. the show is titled ‘murakami versailles’ and features a number of manga-inspired sculptures displayed both indoors and out at the historic french palace. of the 22 works on display, 11 were created specifically for this show. all the murakami works sit within the context of the palace, often contrasting sharply with the period décor and complimenting it at other times. the show will run from now till december 12th as part of the regular versailles admission.


‘yume lion (the dream lion)’ by takashi murakami, 2009-2010 (aluminium and gold leaf) ©2009-2010 takashi murakami/kaikai kiki co., ltd. all rights reserved. photo: cedric delsaux – the apollo salon / château de versailles

‘the emperor’s new clothes’ by takashi murakami, 2005 (fiberglass, resin, iron, wood, fabrics, oil paint, acrylic and lacquer) ©2005 takashi murakami/kaikai kiki co., ltd. all rights reserved. photo: cedric delsaux – the coronation room/ château de versailles

‘j’ by takashi murakami, 2010 (aluminium and gold leaf) ©2010 takashi murakami/kaikai kiki co., ltd. all rights reserved. photo: cedric delsaux – the queen’s guards room / château de versailles

‘flower matango’ by takashi murakami, 2001-2006 (fiberglass, iron, oil paint and acrylic) ©2001-2006 takashi murakami/kaikai kiki co., ltd. all rights reserved. photo : cedric delsaux – the hall of mirrors / château de versailles

  • I am a fan of his work, but using Versailles as an exhibition place for this kind of work feels sinister.
    Nevertheless, this is the essence of a col-lect-ion, putting works in a dialogue and in this perspective the result must be very interesting.
    A perceptual challenge indeed.

    fetapapa says:
  • for me it fits perfectly togehter.
    east meets west…

    versasia says:
  • What incredible garbage.

    SWH says:
  • for me it doesn’t correspond at all..as if it was a good idea, but when put to realization it didn’t function and it didn’t bring resault as it should..this means ANY kind of resault..for me, visually both the art of TM and versailles are beyond despute fascinating, but put them together you haven’t got anything new…

    muchacha says:
  • a fucking GENIUSSSSSS!!!!!!!

    eleadun says:
  • I toured Europe last year and was constantly amazed by the number of historically/culturally unique sites that get hijacked for use as backdrops for ‘modern art’ of one form or another.
    Why should there be giant ‘egg people’ littering the grounds of the Coloseum and Forum in Rome, or “architectural” sculptures in the gardens of the Piti Palace in Florence? As for the monstrosities that were in the gardens at Versailles this time last year, they really did spoil the famous view from the Palace of Light down through the gardens. The replacement doesn’t look much better.

    If these projects truely have intrinsic value they should not need to be displayed at these sites.

    Is it really Juxtaposition, lazyness or simply contempt?

    Gerard Linstrom says:
  • It is ok you don’t get it.

    Louis Zoellar Bickett II says:
  • I get it, I simply don’t accept that it is valid.

    Gerard Linstrom says:
  • @ gerard :

    art is hijacking.
    don’t u think renaissance artists hijacked greeks and romans? how would you define tsara & co work if not hijacking?
    the koons “monstrosities” u’re referring to were also perfect hijacking of so called perfection which has never existed and is narrow-minded illusion.
    there’s no such things as “intrinsic value”.
    too much cartesianism is bad for your health!
    try to let it go now & again. open up! 🙂

    buzzoff says:
  • if you think of kitsch as over the top and openly appropriating baroque imagery, this fits perfectly, it is both over the top and blingy

    Annie says:
  • where is art?

    lore says:
  • I DON’T LIKE THIS WORKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    c’est merde

    min says:
  • I would have thought that the Louvre would have been a more appropriate setting for these “works”. The contrast twixt the Versailles setting with these modernistic pieces doesn’t do any favours to either d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • In the grand history of this building this is but a blip, a millisecond, so people should get over it. Yes I agree its really lazy to carry a show with its setting, but art is for decorate houses too. So enjoy it or not. This work is neither sublime or beautiul, but it is well executed and in propotion to the demensions of the room. Every one is correct, no body cares, shut up

    jevcosimo says:
  • would love to see what Tom Sachs would do with this commission…see his ‘crying miffy’ for a taster

    nutsy says:

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