Manga at Versailles: the Murakami exhibition
This fall, starting September 14, it will be the turn of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami to exhibit there. Mr. Murakami’s art, with which I was not heretofore familiar, is strongly influenced by manga and anime.
Thought-provoking and provocative, the show has already stirred much controversy. But, as one commenter noted, Marie-Antoinette herself was not adverse to colorful, flowery patterns, as evidenced by the silk hangings she ordered for the Queen’s Bedchamber.
As for Jean-Jacques Aillagon, President of the Château de Versailles, he told Agence France Presse: “They want to turn Versailles into a relic case of nostalgia for Ancien Régime France, a France enclosed onto itself and hostile to modernity.” They, however, remain unpersuaded and plan a demonstration at Versailles on September 14, opening day of the show.
I will go visit one of these days, and duly report my impressions here…