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Anish Kapoor @ Versailles

Anish Kapoor at Versailles

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Until november 1, 2015

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Every year, the Palace of Versailles likes to combine both old and new. If you head out to the Palace of Versailles somewhere between now and November 1, 2015, you will have the privilege to admire 6 of Anish Kapoor’s giant sculptures. This year marks the anniversary of King Louis XIV’s death 300 years ago. For this occasion, Anish Kapoor has decided to offer not just a dialogue between modern art and the 17th century gardens, but a more political exhibition, sharing his views on power and its representation.

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Château de Versailles, Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles
Line C - Versailles Chantier

Hours
Monday : Closed
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Monday : Closed Tuesday : 9:00 am - 18:30 pm Wednesday : 9:00 am - 18:30 pm Thursday : 9:00 am - 18:30 pm Friday : 9:00 am - 18:30 pm Saturday : 9:00 am - 18:30 pm Sunday : 9:00 am - 18:30 pm

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Kapoor @ Versailles

5 monumental Anish Kapoor sculptures have been set up in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles: Dirty Corner, Sectional Body Preparing for Monadic Singularity, C-Curve, Sky Mirror and Descension. Four of them are located in the perspective between the main castle and the grand canal (some purists will say these sculptures ruin the magnificent perspective). One last sculpture has been placed in the Jeu de Paume hall, a historical area outside the palace grounds.

Dirty Corner

Dirty Corner is the most provocative work of art of the Kapoor Versailles exhibition. 1 week before the official opening of the exhibition, people were already calling it the “Queen’s Vagina”, provoking controversy. Dirty Corner is the biggest and most impressive sculpture, rising 10 meters above the ground, in the perspective of the Grand Canal.

Sectional Body

This is also one of the biggest sculptures of the Anish Kapoor @ Versailles exhibition, and also the only one in which you can enter. A huge black cube, with its inside covered in a red colored woven fabric symbolizing blood vessels. Sectional Body Preparing For Monadic Singularity is the only sculpture exposed in the gardens that is not in the perspective Palace – Grand Canal.

Sky Mirror

Sky Mirror is one of Anish Kapoor’s most famous works. It is a six-meter-wide concave dish of polished stainless stell weighing ten tons and angled up towards the sky. Its surface reflects the ever-changing environment.

C-Curve

Another one of Anish Kapoor’s reflective surfaced sculptures is C-Curve, a large polished stainless steel curved mirror right in front of the Palace of Versailles. This 7m long sculpture reflects and upside down image.

Descension

Also located in the perspective of the Palace of Versailles is Descension, a sculpture with water and foam swirling down a giant hole. Not only is it a visual delight, but the vibrations and loud sound make it a hearing experience as well.

Who is Kapoor

Anish Kapoor is a British-Indian sculptor, most famous for his highly reflective sculptures such as Sky Mirror or C-Curve or his giant sculptures that weigh more than 100 tons. His impressive work has brought him international fame and earned him many prestigious art prizes such as the Turner Prize

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