Greville St Bookstore


December 13, 2009, 12:13 am
Filed under: Art, Photography

Parcours Muséologique Revisité
Robert Polidori
Steidl, $240

Photographed over a period of 25 years, Parcours Muséologique Revisité is Robert Polidori’s attempt to visually portray aspects of historical revisionism as seen through various stages of the restoration of the Palace of Versailles. What does it really mean to restore a room? Is it about the precise duplication of something which is now showing the wear and tear of its age, to renew it and make it again as it once was? Or does it involve entirely redefining the room’s epidermis to a completely different state, a state that it may once have had in an earlier epoch? The curatorial decisions that control this process reflect a political will and aesthetic tastes which have altered over the period of the restoration.

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