Category Archives: Contemporary Art at Chateau Versailles

A New Fountain

It is commonly believed that men lead in a dance; or at least generations of skillful female dancers gave us that impression; for in those dances where the sequence of steps is a bewildering multitude, men are commonly at a … Continue reading

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When Felice Varini Taped-up Versailles

He projects (with paint or tape) simple shapes onto an architectural complex, and an ambulating viewer receives them as “a heap of broken images” specific to a particular itinerary. In the context of Versailles, 2013, such transitory interpretations revived the … Continue reading

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Temporary Contemporary: André Le Notre and the Violence onto Nature

2013 is officially the year celebrating the landscape architect of Versailles, André Le Notre. This is why we have a group of contemporary Italian artists invading the terrain with their “commentary” on the XVII century landscape. Some of their remarks … Continue reading

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Royal Brick (Vincent Mauger — Versailles Contemporary Art)

  I am back. I am back at the Royal Stables, the Smaller Stables… where, as you know, I come from time to time to check on the Versailles School of Architecture students. This time it is more fun than … Continue reading

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Virtual Versailles

This is an example of work by Jean François Rauznier I find the most obvious, and consequently the least interesting. Photoshop is perfect for stacking bookshelves or buildings on top of each other. Unfortunately it does not tell us anything … Continue reading

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Another Postmodern Rebus at Chateau Versailles

Why did Joana Vasconcelos put these lions at Chateau Versailles? If this is the guard, then perhaps her ironic reference is to the XVII and XVIII century warfare, which historians often call the war in lace. A good example of … Continue reading

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This Hairy Thing

Once again I have dropped by the Royal Stables, the smaller (1) ones. I have already explained to my readers the significance of this horse-shoe building: in XVII and XVIII centuries the School of Royal Pages was located there. To be … Continue reading

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A Little Red Riding Hood In the Labyrinth of Versailles

Once upon a time there lived in a certain village a little country girl, the prettiest creature who was ever seen. Her mother was excessively fond of her; and her grandmother doted on her still more. This good woman had … Continue reading

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Philip Haas at Chateau Versailles

When I’ve heard about it, my thought was running into the abandoned Labyrinth around eight in the morning to throw itself on the ground for push-ups, and then remaining in the prone position stupefied, as the sun melted the morning haze. Hallucinating! A fiber-glass rendition of Arcimboldo’s painting in the unmowed grass? … Continue reading

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