(Pics) Takashi Murakami X The Palace Of Versailles

(Pics) Takashi Murakami X The Palace Of Versailles

The artist's show offers a curious juxtaposition.

Dan Gould
  • 10 september 2010

In a strange mix of hyperreal cartoon world and royal opulence, Takashi Murakami’s show at The Palace of Versailles offers a curious juxtaposition.

Murakami explains:

“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.”

Takashi Murakami

Murakami Versailles


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