The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home to the Philadelphia Orchestra, has announced its second public art installation at the Kimmel Center Plaza, a series of sculptures by Taiwanese artist Long-Bin Chen named “The Composers.” The installation’s oversized heads of famous composers, on view through June 11, include Liszt, Schumann, Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Strauss. When activated each bust plays a corresponding audio recording from the Philadelphia Orchestra archives. “The Composers” is the second of three public art installations temporarily on loan from the West Collection, which lends contemporary art to museums through a partnership with SEI, a wealth-management company based in Oaks, Pennsylvania. The first public art installation at the Kimmel Center, “The Slow and Inevitable Death of American Muscle” by Jonathan Schipper, was on display from November 2013 to January 2014.
Posted April 22, 2014