A First Look at the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion

Gary Pini

We just got back from the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion in Central Park's Rumsey Playfield and, we have to say, it's a little disappointing. The temporary structure designed by Zaha Hadid is poorly placed and difficult to see, partly due to the fact that it is surrounded by other structures, trees and 10 foot high fences. You could easily walk right by and not notice that it was even there. It would have been better positioned somewhere out in the open so that people could see it from a distance, especially since the building -- a futuristic white amorphous sculpture -- is far more interesting than the contents. The entry process is also overly complicated and confusing and we'd advise you to skip the headphones and just walk thru at your own pace.

The pavilion is traveling around the world thru 2010 and will be here until November 9 when it moves on to London, Moscow and Paris. Mobile Art was conceived by Karl Lagerfeld and Ms. Hadid to showcase contemporary art inspired by Coco Chanel and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 2.55 quilted handbag. Some of the art, however, has been seen elsewhere including Yoko Ono's" Tree" which was shown at the Venice Biennale. Admission is free, but all of the tickets were already given away on the Internet. When we stopped by today, we were told that people could wait in a "stand by" line and that any extra tickets would be available at the sight every morning.

Photo from curbed.com

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