Murakami Exhibition in Versailles
September 21, 2010 § 5 Comments
On Sunday I went to Versailles, not to see the Château itself but to see a contemporary exhibition by Takashi Murakami.
Murakami is a manga and anime illustrator who transforms his illustrations into to sculptures. 22 of his major works are exhibited in Versailles, 11 of which were made for the exhibition. Some of the public thought that exhibiting this type of contemporary work in Versailles was outrageous, a disgrace to the beauty that is Versailles. But they also said that about the Louvre pyramid, now one of the most visited attractions in Paris.
To be honest I am not a huge fan of Versailles. I appreciate the building and why people like it but I find it too crowded, the decoration is too much, and it is too gold. (I would rather see a medieval castle). So I felt the Murakami exhibition really fit with its surroundings. His sculptures were big, really colourful and some of them had some much going on. He also made a couple of sculptures golden, to reflect the amount of gold in the room.
I really enjoyed looking at his work. His sculptures were so impressive, fun, colourful and the finish on them was perfect. I loved the details and from different areas you had so many things to look at. Like on one sculpture, the hair had some skulls in, and in the skulls eyes more skulls and more skulls in those eyes. So overall I loved the exhibition!
Also if you fancy looking at Versailles but might never be able to go; on google maps street view, you can look around the outside of Versailles and at the garden and the many fountains. You can also look at Marie Antoinette’s Trianon and her gardens. I also visited the Trianon on Sunday, it was very beautiful and had more subtle décor. Marie Antoinette ordered a small village to be made for her in the Trianon’s gardens. The village was amazing and so perfect, no wonder she preferred living there than to Versailles.
However something strange was going on with the fishes…