Albert Serra bothers critics. In the last 10 years, the 41-year-old Catalan has made a handful of slow films and installations.
VERSAILLES, France — In curator Béatrix Saule’s extensive exhibition Le Roi Est Mort (“The King Is Dead”), the Palace of Versailles is presenting a shaggy-dog narrative about the death of Louis XIV.
Louis XIV, like politicians of today, knew the value of controlling his public image.
Walk into a gallery of 17th- or 18th-century French paintings and prepare to be blinded by the gilding that encircles each work like an overwrought halo.