Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has filled 15 rooms at the Palace of Versailles with his first major retrospective in France. 22 of Murakami's eye-catching works go on show in the salons and gardens of Versailles, more than 11,000 people have signed petitions claiming the show is degrading and disrespectful. Royalist activists, convinced it is also illegal, have protested outside the palace gates.
The objections to the exhibition, which comes two years after a similar venture by US artist Jeff Koons sparked a torrent of criticism, are rooted in the supposed incongruity of inviting Murakami's outlandish – some say pornographic – art into the 17th century surroundings of the Sun King's palace.
"The little boy with pointed genitals whose jet of sperm forms a lasso, the big-breasted little girl whose jet of milk forms a skipping rope have no place in the royal chambers," said Anne Brassié, one of the authors of the Versailles Mon Amour petition.
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