Art at the palace
Visit the Château de Versailles right now and you’ll find the historic site littered with contemporary art. Last year the palace welcomed Jeff Koons to juxtapose ancient with modern, and now it’s the turn of French artist, Xavier Veilhan.
Around the grounds you’ll find a contemporary take on a horse-drawn carriage, a statue of pioneering astronaut Yuri Gagarin in repose, and statues of influential architects (from Tadao Ando to Norman Foster).
Says Veilhan, ‘This is a project that is dynamic, classical, open and universal, aiming to establish a new bond between visitors to the place and the spaces they come into contact with.’ And Versailles is a vast space, large enough to accommodate these interruptions to its traditional aesthetic without batting an eyelid. Perfect for wandering for hours.
Xavier Veilhan’s work is on display at Versailles until December 13. RM