“”With Olafur Eliasson, stars collide, the horizon slips away, and our perception blurs. The man who plays with light will make the contours of the Sun-King’s palace dance, says Catherine Pegard, President of the Château de Versailles.
It all begun with Jeff Koons; later, it was the time of Joana Vasconcelos, Takashi Murkami and also Anish Kapoor’s. When Versailles opened his heart to the world of contemporary art, it was severily criticized by some but loved by others.
Now, it will be the turn of Olafur Eliasson, whose work investigates perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. He is best known for striking installations such as the hugely popular The weather project (2003) in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London, which was seen by more than two million people; The New York City Waterfalls (2008), four large-scale artificial waterfalls which were installed on the shorelines of Manhattan and Brooklyn and also the famous Rainbow Panorama at the top ot AroS Museum in Denmark.
“I am thrilled to be working with an iconic site like Versailles.
As the palace and its gardens are so rich in history and meaning, in politics, dreams, and visions, it is an exciting challenge to create an artistic intervention that shifts visitors’ feeling of the place and offers a contemporary perspective on its strong tradition.
I consider art to be a co-producer of reality, of our sense of now, society, and global togetherness.
It is truly inspiring to have the opportunity to co-produce through art today’s perception of Versailles”, explains Olafur Eliasson