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Olafur Eliasson at Versailles

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Olafur Eliasson at Versailles

Since 2008, the Palace of Versailles has organized every year an exhibition dedicated to a french or foreign artist. This summer, Olafur Eliasson is the guest artist.

"Historically, the royal court at Versailles was a place of constant observation – of oneself and of others; the strict social norms of the time were enforced through a web of gazes. The Baroque architecture of the palace served to heighten visibility, becoming a stunning instrument of power held exclusively by the king. Today, however, we look at Versailles differently, and when I visit the site, I ask myself: how do you, the visitor, view this iconic site? What does it do to you? Have we all become king? The Versailles that I have been dreaming up is a place that empowers everyone. It invites visitors to take control of the authorship of their experience instead of simply consuming and being dazzled by the grandeur." said Eliasson. 

His works at Versailles include:"Waterfall", "Fog Assembly" and "Glacial Rock Flour Garden."