Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Prince Sixte-Henri of Bourbon-Parme tries to stop exhibition

Prince Sixte-Henri of Bourbon-Parma is seeking a court order to stop the Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, from exhibiting his work at Versailles.
Murakami's show, which "blends Japanese classical art with manga-style modernity, will remain on display until December.
But the prince thinks that Murakami's works "dishonors the memory of his ancestors," and "denatures" French culture.
"By exhibiting at Versailles, artists benefit from an added value. We're not against the modernity of art but against a way of thinking that denatures and does French culture no good."
This is not the first time that a member of the Bourbon-Parma family has gone to court to stop an art exhibition at Versailles.  In 2008,  Prince Sixte-Henri's nephew, Prince Charles-Emmanuel of Bourbon-Parma. tied to ban an exhibition by the American sculptor Jeff Koon, but his appeal to the courts failed.

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