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Tulip Time!

Don’t know where you are right now, but where we are, the tulips are in full bloom.  Meanwhile, in front of the U.S. Embassy, Beijing, Tulips by Jeff Koons is currently installed as part of the Embassy’s collection of works by American, Chinese, and Chinese-American artists.  The write-up on the U.S. State Department’s website is a bit confusing (they say the work is both “on loan” and “part of the permanent collection”), but we applaud the fact that the State Department is installing monumental art as part of its mission!

Now back to tulip picking . . . Happy Spring Travels to all.


Monumenta Paris 2011 Announced

The fourth temporary Monumenta installation in the massive — nearly 145,000 square feet — nave of the Grand Palais in Paris debuts next week and this year’s artist is one of our favorites, Anish Kapoor. Although he’s known for his large-scale works, such as the famed Cloud Gate in Millennium Park (see our Chicago issue), Kapoor usually sticks to working with solid, mostly metal, materials. His Monumenta installation, however will be four huge PVC orbs that will be inflated until they take up the entire Palais space under the great skylight. Catch it while you can: May 11th through June 23rd. More info at Monumenta’s website.