Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Anish Kapoor and Versailles

A couple of days ago Anish Kapoor invaded the historical park of Versailles; and the reaction of the press was as negative as it had ever been on such occasions. I think it was something he said about his installation … Continue reading

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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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Versailles School of Architecture Retrospective

Out of all the exuberance on display at the Versailles School of Architecture Retrospective I have paid attention to two pieces: The bust in black ceramic riddled with negative spaces by Christian Gozenbach, and the treasure map with its meandering … 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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Lady Gaga in Marat’s Bathtub

What is she doing there? She is there for a picture, but this is her problem. Our problem is to understand why Robert Wilson has put her there. What could that be, money, publicity…? Sure, sure…, that goes for everybody, … 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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Pastoral Erotica in the Urban Landscape

Versailles is not what it used to be. Gone, long gone all the surrounding villages, and in spite of the hundred acre park of the Chateau, it is yet another urban center whose pastoral past is but a memory. Is … Continue reading

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