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article imageLouvre Museum Presents The 'Funeral of Mona Lisa'

By M Dee Dubroff     Feb 11, 2009 in Entertainment
As part of a project on behalf of the Louvre, contemporary art is brought face to face with the masterpieces of old. Meet Franco-Chinese artist, Yan Pei-Ming, and his controversial centerpiece for the exhibition.
According to news sources, in the room directly next to the original masterpiece by Leonardo Da Vinci, a giant grey version of the Mona Lisa stands with tears in her eyes and streaks of paint running down her face.
The enigmatic lady is the centerpiece of the five-part display, flanked by two ethereal grey clouds that are dotted with images of skulls modeled on scans of the painter’s head. At the display’s far end, in a death like pose, stands a portrait of the artist and his deceased father.
Yan is known for his work with 20th century icons, ranging from Mao Zedong to Bruce Lee.
In the artist’s own succinct words:
“The works are a homage and a funeral for Mona Lisa.”
There is no other museum in the works that gleans more traffic than the Louvre and most visitors come specifically to see the Mona Lisa. Although many contemporary artists have used Da Vinci's masterpiece as the basis for their own works, this is the very first time that a work inspired by the Mona Lisa goes on display so close to the original. "The Funeral of Mona Lisa" will be open to the public today and will close on May 18.
For a view of the actual display, go to the link above.
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