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Murakami Versailles / Interview with Takashi Murakami

September 20, 2010

After Jeff Koons in 2008 and Xavier Veilhan in 2009, this year Takashi Murakami takes over the Château de Versailles. It’s Takashi Murakami’s first major retrospective in France. VernissageTV correspondent Christophe Ecoffet met the artist in the garden of the palace for an exclusive interview.

On display in the 15 rooms of the Château and in the gardens are 22 major works, 11 of them have been created exclusively for this exhibition. According to the curator of the show, Laurent Le Bon, Murakami Versailles “is a walk, a trail throughout the “landscape area” of Versailles… The general public will be able to view and admire his creations, which are often technical masterpieces. The allegories and other myths of Versailles thus carry on a dialogue with the dreamlike creatures of Takashi Murakami, sometimes inspired by traditional Japanes art.”

Among the works presented to the public for the first time are the giant “Oval Buddha” on the Water Parterre in the garden, “Flower Matango” in the Hall of Mirrors, and “Yume Lion (The Dream Lion) in the Apollo Salon of the Château.

Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. He has a PhD in Nihonga painting from the Tokyo University of the Arts. Murakami has developed a signature style by combining the most modern techniques with traditional Japanese art. His work is inspired by manga and kawaii (cute) culture. In 2001, Murakami established the Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. based in Tokyo and New York, and now also in Los Angeles, which serves as a breeding ground for artists. He became known to the general public when fashion designer Marc Jacobs first asked him to reinterpret the Louis Vuitton monogram for their Spring/Summer 2003 line. Takashi Murakami lives and works in Tokyo, New York, and Los Angeles.

Murakami Versailles / Interview with Takashi Murakami 村上 隆. Château de Versailles, September 9, 2010. Video and interview by Christophe Ecoffet.

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