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Last week, Kanye West's 2014 Yeezus Tour kicked off at Penn State University's Bryce Jordan Center. Fans who missed out last year now have another chance to watch Yeezy perform hits from his decade-long career against an epic backdrop with a massive mountain, an installation of women, and even an actor dressed as Jesus. Over the course of ten years, the world has seen a wide range of stunning visuals in Kanye West's live performances, and while each one has been unique in its own way, Yeezus has the most groundbreaking and elaborate stage design so far.
Towards the end of Kanye's 2013 Yeezus Tour, we noticed some parallels between the rapper's stage design and filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain, which 'Ye himself talked about in his "visionary stream of consciousness" at Barclays Center.
For someone who constantly likens himself to great artists like Michelangelo, Kanye may actually be creating designs in line with the greats. We took a stab at comparing his stage design to paintings like Caspar David Friedrich's Chalk Cliffs on Rügen or René Magritte's The Lovers. Here are 10 Classic Paintings That May Have Inspired Kanye West's Yeezus Tour Stage Design.
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