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Previously I presented the sculpture entitled "Collapse" of Bernar Venet... Here, now, part of the monumental sculpture that welcomes you at the entrance of the Versailles castle and surrounding the equestrian statue of Louis XIV. The title of my photo is the name of the artwork.

Here is the introduction of this exhibition drawn from the website of Bernar Venet.

After playing host to Jeff Koons, Xavier Veilhan, and Takashi Murakami, the Château de Versailles has extended an invitation to Bernar Venet to install his monumental cor-ten steel sculptures on their grounds.

From June to October of 2011, Bernar Venet is to display his famous Indeterminate Lines and other monumental sculptures, all designed with the architectural richness, topography, and history of Versailles in mind. These sculptures will be placed on an east/west and north/south axis, the crowning point of which will be two clusters of Vertical Arcs, measuring 22 meters in height, framing the Château.

Taking its place this summer alongside the Venice Biennale and the ArtBasel Fair, this exhibition will be a large focal point of substantial media coverage. Not only does the Château de Versailles stand out as one of the most magnificent exhibition spaces for contemporary art, but on top of that, it attracts up to 20,000 visitors a day to its gardens, or a total of 853,000 people during the same time period of 2010.

Bernar Venet, born in 1941, started his art career as a painter in the early 1960s alongside other French artists of the Nouveau Réalisme movement. In 1966, he moved to the United States and subsequently met major artists of the Minimalist movement: Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Sol LeWitt, etc... with whom he frequently exhibited his work at the most prominent galleries of New York: Dwan, Leo Castelli, Paula Cooper, etc...

By the end of the 1970s, his formal development leads him to sculpture. The last fifteen years have seen a group of his sculptures travel the world to Paris, New York, Denver, Houston, San Diego, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Venice, Salzburg, etc...

His exhibition in the gardens of Versailles Palace will be interpreted as a dedication to this course.


In additional photos :

- A more general overview on the structure,
- And with the Sun King...

A good Sunday to all.

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