In his New York Times
decade-in-art retrospective, Holland Cotter
singled out the Jeff Koons
exhibition at Versailles as the most significant exhibition of the aughts, and next fall Japanese Pop art star Takashi Murakami
(pictured) will have an opportunity to set the tone for the 2010s. (The other contemporary artist to have a show at Versailles, French conceptualist Xavier Veilhan
, was featured there in 2009.) Agence France Presse
reported yesterday that the Murakami retrospective that was first announced
last summer will open on September 12, 2010 and run for three months at the palace outside Paris.
Sadly, because the French have a serious complex about the former seat of their dearly departed monarchy, the art shown therein must be as tame as possible. Or, as AFP puts it:
the palace, a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy, is being careful to avoid displaying works with pornographic or morbid connotations that might offend some visitors.
This effectively rules out about half of Murakami's work, but, as always, it'll be interesting to see what sculptures he chooses and creates for the show. How terrifying would it be to see these guys
reflected 1000 times in the palace's famous hall of mirrors? (CultureGrrl