Versailles / Murakami : From the Real to the Virtual (and back again)
Contemporary Art | The arrival of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami in the highest echelons of French Culture, all controversy put aside, challenges the boundaries between reality and imagination.
In the blue corner, the Palace of Versailles, a spectacular piece of France’s rich heritage, a sanctuary for pageantry, an age old instrument of communication, and a modern symbol of the influence of France’s past.
In the red corner, Murakami, spiritual figurehead of a simplified popular culture symbolic of modern Japan, and a member of the exclusive club of the world’s most sought after artists.
The result : a startling exhibition of « Superflat » works, three dimensional works influenced by the two dimensional worlds of cartoons and comics (comic books if you prefer), such as « The Rose of Versailles » , one of Japan’s most popular Manga titles over the past two decades.
Two conflicting world views, but also a chaotic mix of space and time […]
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