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Lee Ufan, Relatum—Dialogue X, 2014, steel, stones, 11' 6“ × 29' 6 1/4” × 59' 5/8".

Lee Ufan

Château de Versailles

Lee Ufan, Relatum—Dialogue X, 2014, steel, stones, 11' 6“ × 29' 6 1/4” × 59' 5/8".

This summer, for the annual exhibition of contemporary art in Louis XIV’s gilded Château de Versailles and the surrounding formal gardens of André Le Nôtre, South Korean artist Lee Ufan installed a group of ten new sculptures from his “Relatum” series, which began in the late ’1960s, complementing the marriage of regal symmetry and natural beauty that defines the work of the seventeenth-century landscape architect. Relatum—The Arch of Versailles (all works 2014), a chromatically neutral rainbow fashioned from a band of stainless steel some fifty feet long, marks the passage from the mirrored interiors of the palace to the lush expanses of the surrounding park. Punctuating the framed vantage point, two anthropomorphic stones, rough, unfinished, and just about the size of portly seventeenth-century courtiers, sparkle with nuances of color and luster. A carpet of steel, equal

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