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Murakami Show (G-rated) at Versailles in September

I guess that the Palace of Versailles hasn’t yet had its fill of controversy.

Having mounted a 2008 show of Jeff Koons‘ works in the royal preserve, it’s tapped Takashi Murakami for a retrospective exhibition, Sept. 12-Dec. 12. The plan (but not the dates) was announced last September.

Agence France-Presse reports:

Since controversy provoked by the Jeff Koons exhibition, the palace, a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy, is being careful to avoid displaying works with pornographic or morbid connotations that might offend some visitors.

I guess that rules this one out:


Murakami exulting in front of the masturbational “My Lonesome Cowboy,” immediately after its $15.16-million sale at Sotheby’s during the art market’s good old days

…and probably also this:


“Tan Tan Bo Puking,” 2002, from the Murakami retrospective at LA MOCA and Brooklyn Museum, Collection of Amalia Dayan and Adam
Lindemann, ©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai
Kiki Co.

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