Murakami in the Wonderland of Versailles



Takashi Murakami has been around for a
while bridging the gap between the low and high art, synthesizing the
east and west influences, and producing the –kawaii- cute
cartoon characters with bright colors and big smiles for his prints
and paintings.

Flower matango
 An exhibition, which has recently
opened, by Takashi Murakami in the Chateau de Versailles, has joyful
and witty pieces which contradict with the sophisticated and elegant
rooms of Versailles. An earlier post  focused on
the photoshop colors of the pictures from the exhibition.)


Murakami sees himself like a Cheshire
cat in this marvelous setting, wandering around the chateau with a
grin on his face. Murakami explains:

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.”


The literary nonsense genre
of the Alice in Wonderland summarizes the outline of this exhibition: a fantasy
created by Murakami in a world of elegance, style and high art.




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