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The value of art: Versailles hosts the King of Kitsch

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The value of art: Versailles hosts the King of Kitsch


Contemporary art or incongruous creations? The installation of a selection of works by the “King of Kitsch” at Versailles Palace has kicked up a storm in France.

The sculptures are the work of American artist Jeff Koons who is thrilled that his work is being showcased in such grand surroundings.

“It really is a dream to have my work here. And now that it is here, the work feels very comfortable and I have never been prouder of any exhibition in my life,” said Koons.

But critics have questioned whether the pieces, which include a giant inflatable lobster, would have met with the approval of the King who had the palace built, Louis XIV.

“Those who love to grouch have criticised the presence of Jeff Koons’ work at Versailles, but the general public are far more accepting and aren’t making summary judgements,” said
Jean Jacques Aillagon, the president of the Versailles palace complex.

He added that Versailles was built as a place of excess and extravagance.

Two of Jeff Koons’ recent sculptures sold for more than 16 million euros each.

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