Takashi Murakami has taken over the royal grandiose French palace with his controversial art. Pop culture meets 17th-century classic aesthetic.
The result: super cool to us. Why? Because it is exactly what our century is about, cultural blends opposed to clashes. Reality follows the digital world with the abolition of borders. Like us just go and revisit Versailles as if it was the first time.
The Royal family has left the house for 3 months and gave the keys to the mangas. New people, new fibreglass costumes. Colourful and matching the surrounding gold panelling, the invaders welcome you at the entrance with a giant totem. If some of the artist’s anatomic inspired works are not featured at this show, you will find Murakami's signature pieces: superflat and two-dimensional images, videos and sculptures.
As former French culture minister Jean Jacques Aillagon puts it: “The rule of the game is that we removed nothing from the palace”. Only the guests have changed.
The exhibition runs until mid-December, for more information visit: chateauversailles.fr
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