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  • Extramural Exhibitions


    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Exhibitions


    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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  • Kapoor Versailles

    From 9 June to 1 November 2015

    Exhibition of contemporary art

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  • Le Grand Trianon

    18 June - 8 November 2015

    An exhibition about the history of the Grand Trianon from Louis XIV to 1960

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  • Performing arts at Versailles

    Operas, concerts and ballets: discover the programme for the 2014-2015 season

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  • Concerts in videos

    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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  • Centre de musique baroque

    Missions and program for the musical season

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  • Equestrian Show Academy

    A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas

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  • Restoration and refurnishing

    Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles

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  • The acquisitions of the Palace

    The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles

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  • Archaeology in Versailles

    20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles

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  • Symposiums and workshops

    The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

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  • Latona Fountain

    12 March 2013

    Restoration of the Latona Fountain

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  • The Water Theatre grove

    12 May 2015

    A contemporary garden for the Water Theatre grove

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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  • Salles Louis XIV


    In prelude to the visit to the Grands Apartements, the restored Louis XIV Rooms are now open.

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  • Promenade à Versailles

    the “Promenade à Versailles” Hermès scarf will help to fund the restoration of the palace apartments

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  • Redevelopment of the Pavillon

    A new visitors’reception area

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Murakami Versailles



Exhibition by Takashi Murakami in the Château de Versailles

14 September to 12 December 2010, Grand Apartment and Hall of mirrors, included in the tour of the Grand Apartment. Delegate producer : Château de Versailles Spectacles

Murakami salon d'hercule

“For a Japanese like me, the Château de Versailles is one of the greatest symbols of Western history. It is the emblem of an ambition for elegance, sophistication and art that most of us can only dream of.
Of course, we are aware that the spark that set fire to the powder of the Revolution came directly from the centre of the building.

But, in many respects, everything is transmitted to us as a fantastic tale coming from a very distant kingdom. Just as French people can find it hard to recreate in their minds an accurate image of the Samurai period, the history of this palace has become diminished for us in reality.

So it is probable that the Versailles of my imagination corresponds to an exaggeration and a transformation in my mind so that it has become a kind of completely separate and unreal world. That is what I have tried to depict in this exhibition.

I am the Cheshire cat that welcomes Alice in Wonderland with its diabolic smile, and chatters away as she wanders around the Château.

With a broad smile I invite you all to discover the wonderland of Versailles.”

Takashi Murakami

Images : Takashi MURAKAMI Oval Buddha Silver 2008, Argent - 136.5 x 80.5 x 78 cm - Courtesy Blum & Poe, Los Angeles © 2008 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. Château de Versailles/Salon de l’Abondance © Florian Kleinefenn.
Takashi MURAKAMI - Tongari-Kun 2003 - 2004, Fibre de verre, acier et huile, acrylique et peinture uréthane - 700 x 350 cm © 2003 - 2004 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All right reserved. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn - Salon d'Hercule / Château de Versailles

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