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The Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) and the Takashi Murakami Exhibition

Versailles is an artificial city created by King Louis XIV and an amazing place to go to and take pictures.

The castle of Versailles was the residence of the kings of France starting with its builder, Louis XIV, known as le Roi Soleil (the Sun King). During his reign he persisted to modernize the kingdom of France and Navarre. He supported Molière and his modern theater. Molière often organized ballet-comedies in Versailles’s gardens.

My favorite part of Versailles is l’ Orangerie du Chateau de Versailles. It was built in 1688, it’s located under the “Parterre du Midi” and is 155 meters long.

I went there in September 2010 when Murakami exhibited some of his works at the Palace of Versailles filling 15 rooms with his sculptures. I loved the sculpture outside the most, it’s called the Oval Buddha :

The exhibition in France was not well received by the French public who didn’t appreciate the contrast between contemporary art and French art from the seventeenth and eighteenth century surrounding Versailles. I actually loved the contrast of the ’’old’’ and the ’’new’’ and was amazed when I looked at the golden reflection of the Oval Buddha to see the Castle of Versailles.

http://www.chateauversailles.fr/homepage

written by blondielocks

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  1. grazie

    grazie

    Nice article and great photos! I love Takashi Murakami's work and saw the exhibit here in L.A. but yeah I wouldn't have imagined it in Versailles although the photos I saw were nice. I would have loved the contrast too.

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