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La quête pour trouver le rêve de Sophia Loren

Robert Doisneau Jean TinguelyYes, I’m still trying to get a picture of Jean Tinguely’s Le rêve de Sophia Loren. Alas, I have a monopoly on this subject, which seems odd since no one can properly comment about it without having some sort of reference to the work (photo or video).

I am of the opinion it is in the basement of the Musée Modern Museum in Brussels.  As of now, the museum is closed for renovations, which means this work is truly inaccesible.

I know Paris is Sandrine Voillet’s city, but maybe she might be able to arrange a private viewing of this work if I bribed her with a good meal.  She may be a Parisian, but she is also an art curator. Perhaps, she might be persuaded that this work needs more publicity and come to my aid.

In the mean time, I came upon Robert Doisneau’s 1959 photograph of Jean Tinguely, Portrait de l’artiste, which I think captures the artist and his personality.

We can only imagine that the smoke is the beginning of the self-destruction process.

Yes, I realise the title for this is truly French.



Two videos which remind me of each other.

The first is OK Go’s The Writing’s On the Wall:

The second is this advert for the Honda CRV:

Some more fun trompe-l’œil.  I particularly like Cafe Trompe L’oeil, which is now in the Linday Murals and Public Art Society in Lindsay, CA:

Posted 27/10/2014 by lacithedog in Art, Trompe-l'œil, video

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More about Jean Tinguely’s Le rêve de Sofia Loren

For some reason, I am the top post about this work, which kinda bugs me since I was hoping to actually see a picture of the thing (not bad anyway since it’s stashed away somewhere in the Museum of Modern Art in Brussels)

Anyway, it’s also mentioned at Recherches en histoire de l’art contemporain in the post La métaphysique dans la sculpture de Jean Tinguely: Axes de recherche.   Of course, it’s just mentioned since I think very few people have seen the thing in the past 21 years. My comment that “you push a button and the thing started moving and making noise” is about as erudite as you will get about the work for above reason.

But what do you expect from an artist who made a self destruction sculpture (Homage to New York, which you can sort of see in videos)?

What izzit?

By mistake, I pasted the following into a response and thought about leaving it:


A little hint by providing a QR code if you have any thoughts that this might be a password.

It’s more of a bleed through from my real blogging passion (that is not an optical effect in the centre).  I wasn’t sure what exactly a QR code was when I first saw one on an advert at a train station.  I thought it might be the work of one of those Banksy types who have tended to proliferate with work of varying quality–mostly crap.

I like this from the Wikipedia article on Banksy:

Banksy does not sell photos of street graffiti directly himself;[9][10]
however, art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street
art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the
winning bidder.

Somebody say something about one being born every minute?

If you figure out what is going on here, you will find that my taste in art is a bit more traditional–although clever modern “art” is appreciated.

I do find Banksy to be quite clever–even if I can’t hang his work in my front room.

But would I really want to anyway?

BTW, don’t waste your time or freedom trying to use this as a password.  It is what it purports to be.

Homage to New York

OK, I really loved Jean Tinguely’s Le rêve de Sofia Loren when the Museum of Modern Art in Brussels had it out. Of course, I liked it because you pushed a button and it started up, causing the museum guards to go nuts. That is my theory on why it vanished to storage.

But, good art is meant to be experienced.

In that spirit, I bring you Jean Tinguely’s most renowned work: Homage to New York

Here’s a better idea of what is going on in the above picture.

Don’t blink–

I understand that the entrance to New Barnes Museum (subject of the film “The Art of the Steal”) in Philadelphia is going to have a sculpture commissioned just for it by Jean Tinguely of Albert Barnes spinning in his grave.


OK, I tend to avoid reading the stats for this blog, but my curiousity gets the better of me every so often.  Mostly because I am curious as to what people read when they come here.  It’s usually not what I consider my better posts, but what the heck?

In this case, I had a funny surprise in that the BBC (which sends me a fair mount of traffic) did it with my post: You can save your money.  That post is about the Production of Anna Nicole Smith the Opera which was presented at the Royal Opera House.  You can save your money since the opera was broadcast by the BBC. Note the referrer,

That is the BBC’s site for the broadcast.  You need to blow up the picture to see the Buzz about this programme–Discussion on Blogs (on right) has a link to You can save your money.

The amusing bit is that the post only netted 4 views with the top three views being:
Home page 30
Was Anne of Cleves really a dog? 20
Michael Portillo, Bradshaw’s Guide, and Great British Railway Journeys 9

I never fail to be amazed by what people choose to read!

Rereading the You can save your money post, my guess is that my making a comment that the BBC gives you value for your licence fee was what did the trick.  After all, you can see a sold out Covent Garden Opera for less than one ticket would cost if you pay your licence fee!

Guitar lessons with Pierre Bensusan

at a mere 300 bucks a pop (I’m assuming US$)!

The rest of us poor souls will have to make do with his music book.

Posted 31/03/2011 by lacithedog in Art, arts, Guitar, music, Pierre Bensusan