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By the ‘60s, Yves Saint Laurent was already the biggest fashion designer in France, but it wasn’t until he and his partner, Pierre Bergé, visited Morocco and decided to live in Marrakesh that he “discovered the magic of color.”
Ragnar Kjartansson caught the attention of the art world at the 2009 Venice Biennale, when he created a painting of the same man every day for five months, an enormously ambitious performance piece inspired by Icelandic culture and history.
Henri Cartier-Bresson was fortunate to meet Mahatma Gandhi shortly before his assassination. His photos of Gandhi may have catapulted the photographer to fame, but it was what he captured in India in the years after that helped define his career.
Modern dance might look very different today if Pina Bausch hadn’t spent her formative period in New York City, where she attended Juilliard, danced at the Metropolitan Opera, and collaborated with the likes of Paul Taylor and Paul Sanasardo.