Takashi Murakami Exhibition at Versailles

19 Sep
2010

A Takashi Murakami exhibition is currently on show at Chateau Versailles now through December 12, 2010, with many pieces presented for the first time in public.

Tongari-kun, (Mr. Pointy in English), is the first work in the course of the exhibition, set in the Salon d’Hercule. It is based on religious iconography combines Mayan culture and Tibetan Buddhism. The figure is approximately 8 meters high and rests on a base made of lotus flowers and a frog.

Tongari-Kun (Mister Pointy)

Thousands of colors are used, and Murakami worked on this piece for four years.

In the Salon d’Abondance (Lounge of Plenty), the first play of the King’s Flat, is the second piece of the exhibition Silver Oval Buddha. Salon of Abundance was the antechamber of the curiosity cabinet of the King, that is to say where he stored and retained his most precious items. Here we find the ambiguity of the characters of Takashi Murakami: On one hand, a meditative face with a frog’s mouth and a small goatee beard that evokes both the figure of the emperor and the artist himself, of the other hand, on the back, hidden from visitors, is a terrifying face with sharks teeth. The whole rests on an elephant, which is the symbol of endurance in the world of the artist and Buddhism in general .

Silver Oval Buddha

This sculpture is due to the initiative of a collaboration with Issey Miyake, one of the world’s greatest fashion designers. It has always sought To bridge the gap between Japan and the West is a cornerstone to the art of Murakami. Silver Oval Buddha, an essential element of the pantheon murakamien, echoes the work of the last exhibit located on the lawn of water in the garden, another masterful character who dominates the grand perspective of the gardens of Le Nôtre.

Kaikai Kiki, in the Salon Venus are two spiritual guardians: one, Kaikai, white with big ears, the other, Kiki, pink and three eyes, more formidable than Kaikai. The two characters ears are inscribed with the symbols of these two names in Japanese characters, names that are central to the aesthetic world of Murakami. The term Kaikai Kiki is a Japanese word, which describes the works of Kano Eitoku, a painter of the sixteenth century.

Kaikai Kiki

The term Kaikai Kiki is a Japanese word, which describes the works of Kano Eitoku, a painter of the sixteenth century.

In the Salon of Mercury, both elements of the work Kinoko Isu is a form of furniture, a bit unusual and unprecedented. This is an opportunity to remind all the furniture at Versailles has virtually disappeared. Moreover, contrary to what one thinks, this is not due solely to the French Revolution, but also to changes in the tastes of successive monarchs.

Kinoko Isu

Murakami brings an air of contemporary to the exhibition with these mushrooms bar stools. ‘Kinoko’ are stars of the plant world, inspired by ‘Yakum’ the character with a hundred eyes. A reference to a much more tragic episode in Japanese history is seen in this work; the atomic bomb during World War II.

Deep in the context of the Hall of Mirrors, is Flower Matango, (the monster flower), a tribute to the art of gardens of Louis XIV and the folly of this hall of mirrors.

Flower Matango

Matango Flower is a derivative creature a Japanese film that was directed by the creators of Godzilla. The monsters are resulting from the ingestion of mushrooms to the point burst in their bodies dozens of extraordinary items, found in the sculpture Flower Matango, are a form of rods that go into extraordinary convolutions.

In this work, we find the genius of Murakami, an expert in painting flowers. For over two years, Murakami has painted flowers daily and for nine years has taught the art of flower.

Artist – Takashi Murakami

From his first solo exhibition outside of Japan organized by the Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in 1995, and has became one of the most prominent contemporary artists and investor in major international institutions.

Texts of Laurent Le Bon, curator of the exhibition, taken from the audio guide to the exhibition.

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