Galleria Carla Sozzani presents "Versailles" by Robert Polidori: an exhibition entirely focuses on the powerful beauty of the Palace of Versailles. A selection of 35 large-scale photographs that Robert Polidori captured over a span of twenty-five years addressing the conservation of Versailles, the lavish palace outside of Paris which was home to the kings of France until the French Revolution. The ex
Robert Polidori approaches the restoration and revision of Versailles in a similar method as his past photographic projects. He continues the idea of presenting the interior of a room as a means of insight into the soul of those who inhabited them. Polidori believes that a room's interior communicates the values and ideas of its inhabitants and its details on the walls present the way that the person intended themselves to be viewed.
Versailles is presented in this exhibition over 25 years of restoration. Each room is presented in rich detail, conveying layers of its history of the many occupants throughout time. With its constant revisions by Louis XIV and his predecessors as well as the restorations, Polidori is able to reveal a rich layering of personalities and ideas. With this body of work Polidori challenges the idea of restoring the palace to its original state.
For Polidori, Versailles is not so much genuinely old as a constant re-fabrication of the old in order to keep the past alive. Robert Polidori is a master of special esthetics and composition, his pictures are complex still lifes, which, in their colorfulness and unique quality, provide a backdrop for the imagination of the beholder. In the peaceful stillness and the detailed nature of his pictures lies an exceptional force. The exhibition runs until March 27th, 2011.
Galleria Carla Sozzani
Corso Como 10
Milano - Italia