Xavier Veilhan

Château de Versailles, Paris
13 September-13 December 2009

As only the second contemporary artist to show works at the grand Château de Versailles outside Paris following the controversial Jeff Koons exhibition of 2008, French artist Xavier Veilhan has a hard act to follow in terms of impact. Unlike Koons, who placed a number of his existing works within the baroque splendour of the palace, Paris-based Veilhan is showing a series of seven specially commissioned sculptural pieces in the manicured gardens of Versailles. “‘Veilhan Versailles’ is a stroll, an itinerary, a journey through the landscape-territory of Versailles,” says Laurent Le Bon, the exhibition organiser. “Mainly running along the east-west axis outside the château itself, my proposal features a series of works specially produced for this occasion that create a contemporary dotted line which splits in two the masterly garden lay-out of Le Nôtre,” says Veilhan. Works include a series of statues of famous architects—including Claude Parent, Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel and Tadao Ando—a 100-metre-high fountain in the middle of the Grand Canal that pay homage to Constantin Brancusi’s Endless Column sculpture of 1938, and a dynamic, violet-coloured carriage and horses frozen in motion in the Court of Honour.

This article was published in The Art Newspaper, September 2009, p61. To view it in context, click on the PDF link below

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