While I was in France, I was lucky enough to visit the Takashi Murakami exhibition at Versailles.
I’ve been a big fan, since I purchased one of his plush dinosaur toys at the Roppongi Hills Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. His sparkling eyed creatures captured my imagination.
The paintings, sculptures, and balloons of Takashi Murakami are colourful and attractive, and accessible in their reference to lovable cartoon characters. Murakami uses his deep understanding of Western art to integrate his work into its structure; working from the inside to portray “Japanese-ness” as a tool to bring about revolution in the world of art. As an artist, Murakami questions the lines drawn between East and West, past and present, high art and popular culture. source
The juxtaposition of Murakami’s large plastic, colourful bright eyes and shiney teeth and the opulence of Versailles is quite fantastic. Both are so over the top, and compliment each other perfectly, emphasizing the others insanity. I think Marie Antoinette would have been quite taken with Murakami’s creations.
In the hall of Mirrors, grows a giant manga inspired ball of emoticon sunflowers. There were so many people at Versailles that weekend it was quite intense, I’ve never experienced that level of tourism before, can’t say I’m a fan!
We needed some respite after this, and so headed back to Paris where we munched on Macarons, collected leaves and ended up reliving Versailles through the eyes of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette in our hotel room :)