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Milena Palakarkina, Bride of Christ, mixed media, 1990
After her undergraduate studies at UCLA and NYU, the Bulgarian born artist meets Pierre Restany in 1983 in Milan. Under his influence she studies the life and works of Yves Klein and moves to Paris in 1984 in order to write a screenplay. While researching the project she reunites with Niki de Saint-Phale, whom she had met in Hollywood in 1978. Niki de Saint Phalle introduces her to Jean Tinguely in 1986 and the young woman abandons the screenplay to follow Tinguely to Switzerland where she returns to painting.