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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.

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Molly Shattuck should have taken the kid to France…

"Look at that interesting painting over there...!

“Oh, look at that interesting painting over there…!”

I still don’t think she did it, but the more I think she should have taken the kid to France when I think about what is alleged to have happened.  This is a riff on my previous post where I said:

 Hell, thinking about it, she could have afforded to fly her and the kid over to Paris on the Concorde and stay at a 5 star hotel in the day for a naughty weekend (15 is the age of consent in France according to Code Penale, Article 227-25): why would she snog him in a parking lot?

Seriously, she could have been as outrageous as she is alleged to have been but have gotten away with it.  Well, she would have to make it look as if they had a chance encounter to not run afoul of US law, but she could meet him at the Musée d’Orsay and steer him up to Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du monde.
She could say something erudite about it such as: “the ample, sensual brushstrokes and the use of colour recall Venetian painting. I find his use of sepia tones quite masterful. Don’t you?

Then, she could say “Tu peux me baiser si te veux…”  She could explain that she meant he could kiss her if there are any untoward (or unwanted) assumptions which come from that request since the word “baiser” can be taken a couple of ways. This was a malentendu caused by her ignorance of the French language (Oh, I should have said “Tu peux m’embrasser si te veux…” silly me.).

Tant pis if he declined the propositions since she could head to a clothing optional beach where she would receive what would appear to be a red carpet greeting until she realised it was men’s tongues hanging out since she is a canon (super nana?).

She would also have the option of picking up a local if the kid rebuffed her offer as well.  She could also have gone to Portugal (AOC is 14) or Spain (AOC is 13) if she was really intent on young talent.

If the kid had taken her up on her proposition and she brought her sprogs, the noises could be explained by her saying she was trying to get the proper French pronunciation of the number one. She was very happy when finally she got it right (un, un, un, un AHHHHHHHHH). [1]

Vive la France!

[1] An alternative explanation could be that they were discussing 20th Century music. The topic of authorship and female voices in electrovocal music came up.  Ms. Shattuck was merely performing Berio’s Visage as an example of that genre. (Yes, although this piece was composed as a radio programme, it can also be performed as a stage work. It is the musical setting of a ‘drama’ that has never been written.)

Another option would be to say they were doing an impression of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg.

Trompe-l’œil

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:
www.creativebloq.com/art/trompe-loeil-12121498

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:

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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.