Queen's vagina at Versailles raises eyebrows

2015-06-05 22:31
"Dirty Corners" by British artist Anish Kapoor in the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles outside Paris, France. (Kamil Zihnioglu, AP)

"Dirty Corners" by British artist Anish Kapoor in the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles outside Paris, France. (Kamil Zihnioglu, AP)

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Chateau of Versailles - Is that new sculpture in the gardens of Versailles a massive tuba? Or is it supposed to represent Marie Antoinette's private parts?

Artist Anish Kapoor isn't saying exactly what the centrepiece of his latest installation, called "Dirty Corner," represents.

He told French newspaper the Journal du dimanche that it suggests "the vagina of the queen who takes power" and called it a "provocation." But he told journalists at the Chateau of Versailles on Friday that viewers can interpret it as they like.

The conservative Versailles mayor tweeted his disapproval, and some far-right bloggers expressed theirs, but viewers seemed largely unperturbed.

Sexually controversial art is not rare in Paris, but occasionally prompts anger.

An installation that some said resembled a giant sex toy was vandalized last year.

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