Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Versailles - Still Avant Garde

As you step into the Chateau de Versailles you expect to see the regal wonder that was avant-garde in its day, with its decadent decor, endless rooms, and beautiful art. It will not disappoint you - until you catch a glimpse of the reflective mylar balloon dog holding court in the center of the Salon of Hercules. Startled, you blink and hope that when you open your eyes again the atrocity will be but just a dream. But, no. There it is a 10 ft tall, fushia balloon dog. You begin to wonder - Is it someone's birthday? It this a joke? Are you having a nightmare?

No, no, no. It is the latest art exhibit on display at the Chateau. Straight to Versailles from New York, New York, it's Jeff Koons. It's art that blends in seamlessly with the elegant rooms at Versailles; art that is harmony with its surroundings; art that adds to the exquisite decor of the Chateau.

Apparently, one of the chandeliers got misplaced from this room - for in its place a lobster is hanging instead.

I am sure the servants working in Versailles would have loved to have had 6 vacuum cleaners at their disposal. Unfortunately, the vacuum cleaner was not invented until 1868 by Ives W. McGaffney; therefore, I think we should remove all vacuum cleaners from Versailles.

While they might have believed in mermaids during the times of Louis XIV, I am not sure if the Pink Panther and Jacques Clouseau had made their debut. Although Jacques Clouseau is French - now I definitely see the connection.

Someone must be having a birthday party in the Hall of Mirrors - how lovely.

Well at least the gold on the statue fits into the decor at Versailles - not so sure about Micheal Jackson and Bubbles.

Oh you know where the inspiration for these turtles came from...

Your childhood video games!

The art even made its way to gardens, the lovely formal gardens of Versailles.

Now, don't get me wrong. I think these pieces of art are nice, even avant garde - perhaps stunning.  It's just that I would have appreciated them (and Versailles) more if they had found a home in the George Pompidou Center, an art museum that has an appreciation for the more modern of art, such as blank white canvases and sculptures made out yesterday's trash.

Oh what I wouldn't give to sit down and have coffee with the curator of this exhibit...

1 comment:

Matt said...

The George Pompidou Center was a real treat. It prominently featured modern artists, who are so artistically enlightened that their artwork has transcended the forms of the physical world. According to Wikipedia, "Modern artists experimented with new ways of seeing, and with fresh ideas about the nature of materials and functions of art."

Translation: Modern artists don't draw, sculpt, or photograph anything recognizable...and when they do, it's usually something really weird, like a man with a fish hanging from his genitals.