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Anish Kapoor @ Château de Versailles

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C-Curve 2007, Courtesy Kapoor Studio, Kamel Mennour e Lisson Gallery. Photo: Tadzio © Anish Kapoor 2015.

Following the serie of contemporary art exhibitions begun in 2008 with a Jeff Koons show, this summer for the 300th anniversary of the death of Louis XIV, the giant works of british artist Anish Kapoor take over the Château de Versailles’ Gardens and for the first time the Jeu de Paume room inside the Palace.

“The visitor at Versailles will witness the dualities of artist’s work: heaven and earth, visible and invisible, inside and outside, shadow and light…This universe can be read through experience and imagination.

The originality of this exhibition, what makes it unique, even to those who have long been familiar with Kapoor’s work around the world, is that in Versailles his vision meets an imagination set in stone by history. The very controlled landscape of Versailles is drawn into instability. The grounds become uncertain and moving. Waters swirl. Romantic ruins take hold of the Tapis Vert. Exposed interior orifices are hidden within the garden’s labyrinths. The mirrors that are so central to Versailles now distort it. This world is perhaps about to tip over. It is not by chance that Anish Kapoor was the first to push open the door to the Jeu de Paume, which he considers as a work of art in itself, to exhibit his installation.

Anish Kapoor draws us into a hidden history, within the boundaries of Versailles” said Catherine Pégard – President of the Palace of Versailles.


// Sulla scia delle esposizioni d’arte contemporanea avviate nel 2008 con una mostra di Jeff Koons, quest’estate per celebrare il 300esimo anno dalla morte di Luigi XIV, le maestose opere di Anish Kapoor abiteranno i giardini dello Château de Versailles e per la prima volta la Sala della Pallacorda all’interno del Palazzo.

“Il visitatore di Versailles sarà testimone delle dualità espresse nelle opere dell’artista: il cielo e la terra, il visibile e l’ invisibile, l’interno e l’esterno, l’ombra e la  luce…Questo universo può essere letto attraverso l’esperienza e la fantasia.

L’originalità di questa mostra, quello che la rende unica, anche agli occhi di chi da tempo conosce le opere di Kapoor in giro per il mondo, risiede nel fatto che a Versailles la sua visione incontra un’immaginazione scolpita nella pietra dalla storia. Il panorama estremamente controllato di Versailles è così indotto verso l’instabilità. La terra diventa incerta e mobile. L’acqua turbina. Le rovine romantiche prendono piede sul Tapis Vert. Svelate cavità interne si nascondono tra i labirinti del giardino. Gli specchi, così importanti per Versailles, ora la alterano. Questo mondo sta forse per ribaltarsi. Non è un caso che Anish Kapoor sia stato il primo ad aprire le porte della Sala della Pallacorda, da lui considerata un’opera d’arte essa stessa, per esporre la sua installazione.

Anish Kapoor ci attira in una storia nascosta, all’interno dei confini di Versailles” ha spiegato Catherine Pégard – Presidente del Palazzo di Versailles.

All images Courtesy of Château de Versailles.

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Shooting into the Corner, 2008-2009. Courtesy Kapoor Studio, Photo: Tadzio © Anish Kapoor 2015.

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Sectional Body preparing for Monadic Singularity, 2015, Courtesy Kapoor Studio, Kamel Mennour and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Fabrice Seixas, © Anish Kapoor 2015.

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Descension, 2014, Courtesy Kapoor Studio and Kamel Mennour. Photo: Fabrice Seixas © Anish Kapoor 2015.

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Sky Mirror, 2013. Courtesy Kapoor Studio, Kamel Mennour and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Tadzio © Anish Kapoor 2015.

 

Anish Kapoor Versailles

June 9 – November 1, 2015
Château de Versailles
Pavillon des Roulettes
Grille du Dragon
78000 Versailles
T. 01 30 83 78 89
infos@chateauversailles-spectacles.fr

Everyday 8 am – 8.30 pm

For further infos please refer to the gallery website.


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