Les Paradis, Rapport Annuel

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There are more than 800,000 companies based in the British Virgin Islands, but only 28,000 inhabitants. Image © Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti

In the summer of 2016, 11.5 million documents from the world’s fourth largest offshore banking law firm were leaked by an anonymous source, exposing financial and attorney-client information of more than 214,000 offshore companies. The Panama Papers, as they are known, reveal some of the complex structures that allow the extremely wealthy to exploit offshore banking and shell corporations to commit fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, and other crimes.

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Imagine Peace Tower

Imagine Peace Tower, Viðey Island, Iceland; image via Imagine Peace Tower © Yoko Ono
Imagine Peace Tower, Viðey Island, Iceland; image via Imagine Peace Tower © Yoko Ono

On Viðey Island, near Reykjavík, Iceland, a beam of light shines up into the sky, penetrating the clouds up to an altitude of at least 4,000 meters. The light comes from the Imagine Peace Tower, a work conceived by Yoko Ono as a memorial to John Lennon and dedicated to peace.

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Ólafur Elíasson, Baroque Baroque

Ólafur Elíasson, Five Orientation Lights, 1999; Stainless steel, colored glass, halogen bulbs, Fresnel lenses, each lamp: 200 x 70 x 70 cm, installation: dimensions variable; The Juan & Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires; Baroque Baroque installation view at the Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy, Vienna, 2015; image © Ólafur Elíasson
Ólafur Elíasson, Five Orientation Lights, 1999; Stainless steel, colored glass, halogen bulbs, Fresnel lenses, each lamp: 200 x 70 x 70 cm, installation dimensions variable; The Juan & Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires; Installation view at the Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy, Vienna, 2015; image © Ólafur Elíasson

At the Winter Palace in Vienna, a selection of works by Ólafur Elíasson forms a site-specific exhibition titled Baroque Baroque. More than a dozen works, created during the last twenty years, are installed within the architecture of the 18th century palace. The contrast of Elíasson’s contemporary works inside grand Baroque staterooms alters perceptions of space and history for an experience that supersedes both.

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My Generation: Young Chinese Artists

Chi Peng, Sprinting Forward
Chi Peng, Sprinting Forward, 2004; chromogenic print, 47-1/4 x 91-1/2 in; © Chi Peng, courtesy of the artist; photo courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art

At the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, My Generation: Young Chinese Artists presents works by artists born in mainland China after 1976. They are products of China’s one-child policy and have grown up during a time of rapid urbanization, globalization, and cultural transition.

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Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights
Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, ca. 1500 – 1505, oil on oak panels, 220 x 389 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid

The Garden of Earthly Delights is one of at least eight triptychs by Hieronymus Bosch, an early Flemish painter active from the late 15th century.  Triptychs were typically produced as didactic altarpieces, and those in the style of the Northern Renaissance frequently incorporate allegory and moralizing narratives.

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