Anish Kapoor at Versailles

Anish Kapoor at Versailles

This weekend while in Paris I headed out to Versailles to see the latest show by the Bombay-born, London-based sculptor Anish Kapoor. He joins the select group of artists such as Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami chosen to show their works in the fabled halls and on the hallowed grounds of Versailles, Sun King Louis XIV’s palatial seventeenth-century landmark outside Paris. Kapoor’s show, which coincides with the tercentenary of Louis XIV’s death, mainly focuses on the palace’s formal gardens with five monumental installations. Four of the five sculptures are placed in a straight line through the centre of the gardens. The first two, C-Curve and Sky Mirror, reflect the palace and the sky respectively. Dirty Corner, a 60 metre long COR-TEN tube with a flared opening, cuts through the earth. This leads to Descension, a mind blowing dark vortex of water that causes the ground around it to vibrate and moan to haunting effect. Finally, Sectional Body Preparing for Monastic Singularity in the Star Grove surrounded by trees is a huge red cube built from interlaced fabric tubes which you can climb inside. Kapoor’s work both reflects and subverts the orderly splendour of Versailles’ historic gardens. It is an installation I will remember for many years to come.

Anish Kapoor at Versailles runs until 31 October 2015