This image of a beheaded turkey wasn’t more shocking than the rest, but it was the first, as I walked up the stairs into the hallway of the XVIII century Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, the today’s municipal library, 5 rue de l’Independence Americane, Versailles. Had they called the event the Scars of History, there’d be no surprise. So, I suppose, it’s better this way, to find yourself in the labyrinth. How do the marks and the threads of history present themselves? The ripped off limbs and the chopped off heads — of all the vestiges of violence you can find at the Chateau Versailles, these are the most compelling.
I also admired their choice of music: It was not exactly horrifying in the old-fashioned sense; but it was fascinating. Baroque wins over Romanticism right there — nothing sensational, it’s more of a funeral march in a ball room: Everybody’s dancing!
I must inform you that this jewel of a free exhibition was here in the fall and ended in December. The exhibition was appropriately named “The Labyrinth,” displaying the fountains of the destroyed grove, the Labyrinth. The Labyrinth was replaced by another Marie-Antoinette’s English garden; so, today the spot is known as the Grove of the Queen.