Versailles

Takahashi Murakami, Flower Matango, 2001-2006, fiberglass, iron, oil, acrylic, 10' 4“ x 6' 8” x 8' 7". Montage of the work in Galerie des Glaces, Château de Versailles, France. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn.

Versailles

Takashi Murakami

Château de Versailles
Place d'Armes
September 14–December 12, 2010

Curated by Laurent Le Bon

It was hard not to imagine gathering storm clouds as fireworks exploded over the reflecting pools to celebrate Jeff Koons’s occupation of Versailles in 2008, just five days before Lehman Brothers fell. That pitch-perfect exhibition will forever radiate an incomparable aura of epochal inevitability, so Takashi Murakami may have been wise to bill his foray at the palace as a meditation on a transhistorical dreamworld. “I’m the Cheshire cat who welcomes Alice to a land of marvels,” remarks the Japanese superstar about a show that finds twenty-two works, half of them new, throughout the halls and gardens during Versailles’s third annual installation of contemporary art. We’ll have to forgive Murakami if he doesn’t nail the moment quite like Koons—and we may also be a little grateful.