An exhibition of anime art to be held at the Palace of Versailles has been condemned as being a blasphemous insult to the cultural glory of France.

The artist in question is none other than manga-influenced Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, also recently involved in subverting Britney Spears for the purpose of protecting loli manga.



French conservatives are angry that Murakami’s art, which includes such works as the $15 million “My Lonesome Cowboy,” a life-size anime figure of a copiously ejaculating man, and “Hiropon”, a similar figure rendition of a lactating girl in a bikini, is to be displayed at the Palace of Versailles, long a symbol of the supposed cultural preeminence and glory of France.

The group protesting the exhibition, Coordination Défense de Versailles, has apparently collected 3,600 signatures in support of its opposition:

“No to the provocation of contemporary art, which respects nothing. No to the attacks on cultural harmony – Murakami’s cartoons might, perhaps, be fit for the Orangerie, but never for the Palace of Versailles itself, which is not some crass advertising board but a symbol of our history and culture.”

The exhibition is, they allege, all part of a grand scheme to destroy traditional French culture:

“For 2 years, the great royal apartments, gardens and the royal opera have been subjected to the politics of international neo-vandalism, pornographic provocations and the sexist denigration of women, destroying our prestige and ridiculing France.”

The tract’s histrionics are almost worthy of Agnes Chan herself – “Don’t sacrifice our children and artists!”, it urges:


Assuming it goes ahead unmolested, the exposition will be open to public viewing at the Palace of Versailles for 6 months from the 14th of September through to the 27th of February, 2011.

Update: “My Lonesome Cowboy” and “Hiropon” are apparently not in any way featured in the exhibition, which consists solely of some of Murakami’s other works, which nobody is interested in.

In spite of this, the mere fact Murakami created such works is apparently enough to condemn him – even critics who know the works are not being displayed insist they render him unworthy:

“The young man with an erect penis whose sperm forms a lasso, the little woman with big breasts whose milk forms a skipping rope – these have no place in the royal apartments.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:00 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought the european conservative groups were more mind open. But it seems all conservatives are the same shit in every part of the world I guess. It reminds me an episode of the Simpsons, when Flander's wife and the priest's wife were making movements to close the David's exibition on the Springfield's Museum just for the nude and genitalia issues. (Sigh) These people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Normally I would be against the idea of this gallery's plan to block selected art, but the artical is written in such a biased, obnoxious French bashing way that it almost has me side with the protesters on this one, almost.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:41 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The chick's bikini and hair color switch between pictures . . . lol wut?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can see where France is coming from.

    But I hate France so fuck them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No FUCK YOU motherfucker!

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    Comment by brningpyre
    09:03 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember, these are the same 'highly-cultured' people that are currently kicking all the gypsies out of their country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm french, fan of manga, anime, visual novels and more and I don't support them...
    When I see this I am not proud to be french...
    It's not like they destroy the palace of Versailles, fucking idiots !!

    And why do they talk about children ?? Children don't have to be saved in that case, it's them for making this tract...

    Don't forget that people who made this tract and people who read manga are not the same.

    Although I don't like these figure, I'm not against this exhibition.

    Sorry for my English, which is not very good I think ^^'.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    honestly the 2 figures we see here are ugly.
    when i first looked to asian porn it was because visual were way more artistic than some bitch we see on the west... but these 2 figures don't have at all this asian style.
    for me it look simply like US/euro porn, not at all asian art.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:36 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When I first saw "My Lonesome Cowboy", I was shocked, then I laughed.

    I wouldn't personally consider it 'art', as in, 'something which goes into an art museum'.

    One definition of 'art' is 'something that makes people react'.

    Who's to say?

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    Comment by Imyou
    08:35 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So again they want to freeze time and preserve a hypothetical golden age - this time, where art meant French art?

    Also, equality is not sexist, despite what feminist extremists would have you believe...

    ...and these sculptures are OLD now. I'd be surprised if the originals were even in good shape anymore. Clearly they're not an insult to France. They are however, an insult to anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan trolls France lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:30 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is it ? Rednecks vs French ? Stop baiting trolls please, let them use your crapload.

    Americans ain't got these kind of problems anyway, who wants to show art in their dumbfuck country ?

    Always remember, sub-product of British empire, that without Lafayette, you would still pay taxes to the Crown, sing God save the Queen for an anthem, and say "freshen your drink, Guv'nah ?" while serving tea at 5'o clock

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This shit doesn't belong in the Palace of Versailles. Classic art goes there, those anime statues are more pop-art Andy Warhol things. Not something that belongs in a classy art center.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:14 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stupid cock fags american ... you know french can hate an insult other poeple too ..

    quite hating french , becoz they don't want ridiculus thing in a place where kings lived , i would like to ask American conservatives if they'd like these in the white house or independance hall ?

    theres 65milions of french , a bunch a young and stupid ones , but there loottttts more in USA if you compare the populations at least our conservatives doesn't cry for the right to hold a gun whenever you want , god bless that ! retards french haters !

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:19 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sorry, but for once I actually agree with the opposition. Such things should not be displayed in the palace of Versailles. It's just fundamentally wrong. I highly doubt Murakami actually respects his own country's royal family and palace, but one should take into consideration time and place when attempting to display erotic figures to the public. With a country like France where their history is something they place much pride in one should not keep pushing for something that has insulted them.

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    Comment by mantidactyle
    07:20 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "French Culture" is already dead for years...

    Who this group of suckers think they are, to decide what is "culture" and what isn't ? -_-'

    (and yeah, I'm French)

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:06 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    true that french culture is no more,

    but still we have some symbols left, and they should remain in context, for the same reasons i don't want to see an oktoberfest at the great pyramids of Giseh or the Pinder circus in a japanese temple, Versailles is Versailles...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    second that

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree, this has no place in the Palace of Versailles. Sure it might be interesting for some but it just isn't the right place for it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please don't judge us French folks based on some extremist conservative retarded fuckers.

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    Comment by PirateKing
    06:55 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Conservative retarded fuckers are and always will be conservative retarded fuckers.

    The country the come from doesn't matter...

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    Comment by Shuyai
    06:42 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    is that even art? is it disgusting

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    Comment by Imyou
    08:38 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Art makes you feel. This made you feel disgusted.

    By that logic, trolling is an art, and while I want to destroy trolls, I'm cool with that conclusion too...

    I can't stand Murakami, but... yeah, that's art. So is the Coca-Cola logo... it's hard to make something that's not art unless you can just go for the hardcore engineer's POV and make something strictly functional.

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    Comment by KiTA
    06:48 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not an insult to France.

    Murakami’s figurines are, however, stupid, pretentious asinine, poorly designed crap that's probably intended as a pathetic joke.

    The fact that it's apparently being taken seriously makes it an insult to EVERYONE.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:29 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is well know that Murakami has no talent.
    Look at how he talk and show off on TV.

    He has managed to have relation to promote his "art" and make people pay big money for it.

    But anyway, it is like that with most famous modern artist...

    One of my japanese friend told me that actually he have a lot of poorly paid assistant in his design office.

    Well, at least it will not change for them from working for a famous mangaka anyway.

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    Comment by PirateKing
    06:54 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those sexist feminist cunts need to shut up.

    Typical to single out the "sexist denigration of women" and completely ignoring the statue of the guy.

    I don't care about the "art" either way, but that kind of sexist feminist bullshit needs to stop.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh yeah! I've seen those sculptures. I was amazed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^^^^lol german

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    Comment by N.R.
    03:07 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The first figure is from the anime MAR. It's a figure of Ginta holding the perfect "arm".

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    3600 is really not a lot...

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    Comment by Kolibri
    22:39 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This isn't an insult to France, this is an insult to the world of art.

    Une bonne place pour entreposer ces modèles serait au centre d'un feu de bois.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:52 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And this is where Louis the XIV would hold court while his doctor would treat his infected hemorrhoids.

    I fart in your general direction, French neo-cons!

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    05:16 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol why is it there in the first place? if france don't want this kind of things they should just stop importing it all together.

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    Comment by Shoran
    23:44 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking Frenchies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 03/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Il y a des moments....J'ai Honte d'etre Français.

    C'est pas compliquer, Il censure tout quand ca parle de manga dans ce Pays de Merde.

    Heureusement que je pars de temps en Temps au Japon pour me ressourcer de manga ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:25 03/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pfff facon, On peut rien mettre de spéciale en France que ce soit choquant ou bien comme ses statues de mangas.

    Et puis au moins, ca change d'art dans un musée que de voir que des vieux truc qui sent la mort, serieux quoi ! Les vieux sont idiots et ne veut pas changer dans leur tete -_-

    On voit l'esprit français....Quand tu essaye de porter un cosplay comme mon ami un jour et que tu te retrouve a la police parce que tu est habiller comme Cloud dans Final Fantasy VII et que les gens ont dit qui était un pedophile (alors que je ne vois pas le meme sujet mais bon)

    Enfin pour dire que j'ai Honte de la France >_> et puis...Un gloire de la france...Il a disparu depuis longtemps ^^"

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:21 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    glory??... wft man... france is one of the most losers countries in the world

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:03 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ok all calm down!.
    i finally got the answer.
    Murakami exposure can't be made because (and now i quote):
    the doors are not large enough because they miss 1 inch to enter the room the exibition was supposed to be.
    Just got that news from a friend working in versailles.
    Most stupid and obnoxious answer ever!!!
    and now quoting my fellow french citizen: shame on france big time!
    "Country of the human rights"...this sentence make me laugh whenever i look at the news.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:16 03/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see London

    I see France,

    I see figures dumping cum.

    - Fuck Yeah -

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 03/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well That's the Xenophobic Europeans for you! at Least it made me feel better about the UK...

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    Comment by Fapping Time
    06:27 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that shit is awesome, so fuck france...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:48 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Glory of France? what glory xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 02/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    3600 people support their block? Let's see if we get 36000 people on Sankaku to support Murakami.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:48 02/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    like seriously.... what happened to the world.... (breaks down and cries uncontrollably)

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:42 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i love how everyone on here hates his works

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:33 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It'd be pretty damn epic to have that kind of a statue in the hallway: "Yes, please leave your shoes at the feet of the statue. Oh, and watch out, it's worth $15M."

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Glory to God for having the people stop this! :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:57 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't particularly dig these works, but at the same time, there is a lot of art, new and old, that I find really offensive but are displayed in museums and other public areas all of the time. The people of France have a right to decide what is and isn't shown in their museums, but that doesn't mean I have to agree with the decision at all. Really, it just seems to me that the people who formed the petition are just being uppity about newer and different art.

    Also, how is this even an issue, when these two works are being exhibited in the first place? I'm sure there are artists with stuff in the Versailles right now who have done less than savory things, so Murakami should be allowed to display some of his other stuff as well, assuming it's not as...gratuitous as these two joints.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great, so where his stuff tries to criticize otaku culture people will think this represents anime instead.

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