Ten years after the inauguration of the contemporary art program at the Chateau de Versailles, the program’s current director, Catherine Pégard, has announced a significant change. This fall, instead of a solo contemporary exhibition, Versailles will host artworks by ten different artists.
Suggesting that this new format is due, at least in part, to controversies that have arisen in response to certain artworks, Le Figaro notes that “the monumental interventions by a single artist have met with strong opposition,” notably installations by Jeff Koons in 2008, and, more recently, Anish Kapoor in 2015, whose sculpture Dirty Corner was defaced with anti-semitic graffiti.
Alfred Pacquement, the former director of Paris’s Musee d’Art Moderne, will curate the fall 2017 program, working closely with the Palais de Tokyo’s Jean de Loisy to create a unique exhibition in the chateau’s gardens. Adding to Paris’s crowded fall cultural calendar, the exhibition is set to open on October 22, which is also the closing day of France’s largest contemporary art fair, FIAC.