The Palace of Versailles is boasting about its first female artist-in-residence (and youngest, too, at 41), Joana Vasconcelos. (The program’s not new: Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami have graced the royal rooms with their outlandish, cartoonish imagery too.) Vasconcelos chose to install Marilyn, a giant pair of stiletto shoes (5 ft. tall) constructed of pots and pans, and Mary Poppins, a crafty chandelier-like sculpture made of knitted wool and crocheted fabrics and tassles. These and ten other enormous works spread across the grounds are said to be an “ode to women’s achievements.”
The palace receives more than four million visitors a year.