Reading the in-flight magazine on the way to Paris, there was an article which I found interesting. It was about the controversial work of a Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, exhibited within the walls of the royal Versailles Palace – something a leading French aristocrat, Prince Sixte-Henri de Bourbon-Parme, has tried to stop but failed. At the same time the president of the Chateau de Versailles, Jean-Jacques Aillagon, called it his “duty” to “open the palace to the artistic creation of our times.” Opinions might differ and I don’t want to take sides – I can understand both opinions. I didn’t plan to go to Versailles this time anyway, and the funy manga-pop display wouldn’t make me change my mind.
I kind of forgot about it all, but walking around the Marais one night, I came across a small gallery at Place des Vosges, under the arcade. It was closed at this late hour, but I managed to have a peek through the window – on display there it was: the Japanese Pop Art in Paris.
The exhibition in the Versailles Palace is open till December 12, 2010.
See photos of the exhibition: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2010/sep/10/takashi-murakami-palace-versailles
Read the story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11615040