The 50 Most Iconic Artworks of the Past Five Years

50. Tornado by Francis Alÿs, 2000-2010

Former architect Francis Alÿs spent a decade on the film Tornado, where he runs after huge tornadoes in Northern Mexico. Both a daring and meaningful move, the work has since inspired a number of interpretations, including an homage to the Russian Suprematist, Kazimir Malevich. Regardless of its true meaning, Tornado is fundamentally compelling—the anxiety of the chase, the chaos, and the silence following somehow make one feel both invincible and utterly human at the same time.

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