Manga at Versailles: the Murakami exhibition

After the Jeff Koons exhibition in 2008, it seems that the Grands Appartements at Versailles are destined to showcase contemporary art.

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…


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