Marulho by Cildo Meireles

Installations, big and small

As far as uses for recouped, recovered, redone former industrial buildings, it’s hard to beat the modern art museum. Those wide open spaces, steel beams and insanely high ceilings seem tailor-made for the exaggeratedly large installations that have become the standard for today’s artists. While the world of industrial buildings converted to modern art museums…

Berlusconi’s daughter, a labor leader and Milan’s archbishop…the same in more ways than one

Quick quiz…what do Silvio Berlusconi’s 29-year-old daughter, the head of Italy’s largest labor union and Milan’s archbishop have in common? Yes, they are all Italian, they all have blond hair (actually the archbishop’s hair is grey, but we’ll call it blond) and they all were born in Milan (another fudge since the Berlusconi scion actually…

Francesco looking as fresh as can be after completing his 30th Milano-San Remo.

Milano-San Remo – made it

In my many long walks, including from the Italian-Swiss border to Otranto in southeastern Italy, I have learned a very important lesson: no matter what you have done and no matter how incredible you think your latest accomplishment is, there is somebody who has done more, longer, faster and under more difficult conditions. Case in…