Friday, October 31, 2008

Jeff Koons & Versailles





Last weekend I went to Versailles all exhited and happy, I love Versailles and the gardens, it's like entering an old picture that transforms you to that time and place, everything is so extravagant and rich, I love it, maybe more for the small details then anything else... I mean after a while you just get dizzy with all the gold and the paintings.... so I often find myself looking at a litle ball of crystall in a huge chandelier then on the actuall chandelier... You get it, Versailles for me is about the details...
I honestly didn't know anything about Jeff Koons exept a beautiful add about this particular exhibition I only knew his high chromisum stainless steel Ballon Dog from his Celebration Artwork and I liked it so I thaught it's gonna be a great visit, full of even more details...

I am sad to admit that I didn't enjoy it that much, I mean Versaille is always a pleasure to experience but honestly exept all his "ballon" work wich is breath taking and so beautiful cause the stainless steel surface reflects the enviroment surrounding it in such a beautiful and poetic way...The rest was pretty boring and ugly actually...
His Chainlink from his Popeye artwork was just hideous in that beautiful rich room, when I later read that the project focuses on the close relationship between each work and the space surrounding it I honestly wanted to kill myself cause it's so full of bull... the real tourists were completly lost.... and me, I didn't know what to think...
It's not the artwork in itself that I didn't like but lets just say that some pieces didn't belong to those royal surroundings... I think "Le Roi Soleil" will agree with me...
Meanwhile you can always check it out and get your own point of view, I'm sure that Jeff Koons liked to chock oldfashioned romantics as myself, but I'm not so sure if Versailles will ever have a contemporary artist exhibiting under it's roof again... and that is a shame cause if we like it or not is not the point...




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