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The castle of Versailles has granted British artist Anish Kapoor  complete authority to invade its garden and rooms with his amazing and charming sculptures.

This is not the first time for the royal French castle to decide  to invite artists with their intrusive contemporary works. Since 2008, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Giuseppe Penone or Lee Ufan inhabited  both rooms and gardens.

This time Anish Kapoor has chosen to play withthe greatness and the symbolic meaning of these places with six abstract and majestic installations.

One of these sculptures, Shooting into a corner, is inside the castle, in Jeu de Paume’s room. The artist has created, with his iconic blood-red cylindrical blocks, fired by a cannon, that look like real red flesh, a fresco resembling blood and guts.  An allusion to the facts happened during the French Revolution, maybe? It’s up to you to decide.

The other five sculptures are placed throughout the garden, starting with C- Curve and Sky mirror: two  double-face mirrors that play with the theme of image and reflection.

Then there is Sectional Body preparing for Monastic Singularity, the only real work created for Versailles by the artist, that is a  black huge cube crossed by a red slit with  a sexual meaning.  Finally  in the centre of the gardens there are  Dirty corner  and Descension. The first  represents, in the words of Anish Kapoor, "the vagina of a queen who is taking power” and the second one is a big vortex of water.
The main theme for the artist, throughout the works, is to unearth the human condition in all its contradictions.

Practical information :

The exhibition is free, except on days of the Musical Fountains Show (every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday).

The gardens are open every day from 8 am to 8:30 pm, except on Saturdays from 20 June to 19 September as well as on Tuesday 23 June, Sunday 25 October and Sunday 1st November, closing at 5:30 pm.

The exhibition will also be accessible on the evenings of the Night Fountains Shows, on Saturday from 20th June to 1st November except on 4th July (from 8:30 pm to 11 pm).

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