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April 17, 2005

Teaching a Plant the Alphabet

Teaching a plant the alphabet, by John Baldessari

It seems that I have done a lot more pointless things.

The John Baldessari exhibition at Vienna's Museum of Modern Art is open until June 3rd, and if you are in Vienna, I strongly suggest that you go see it.
Also at the MUMOK until June 5th: Rainer Ganahl. Brilliant. If you can't make the exhibition, at least check out his website, which contains many of the exhibits.

Posted by Horst on April 17, 2005 07:33 PM to reviews | Tell-a-friend

We received this ping from arved's weblog on May 8, 2005 03:19 PM:

Guests: My sister and her boyfried are visiting Vienna this weekend. On Friday we have visited the Mumok. I liked the exhibition of the "Costakis Collection", a greek diplomat who collected russian Avantgarde. I bought the exhibition catalogue, so that i... [more]

laura said on April 19, 2005 09:08 AM:

Speaking of pointless information about your country, did you know that the odds of the new pope being from Austria are 8:1, according to a bookmaking site at

arved said on May 8, 2005 03:14 PM:

Visited the Mumok yesterday, the Baldessari exhibition was really worth a visit.
I was a bit disappointed by the Rainer Ganahl exhibition, although the idea of painting websites was funny.

I did not understood why he filmed 500h of Arabic lessons on VHS and a video from a bicycle tour through Damascus City ("The handlebars look like a crosshair").

Horst said on May 8, 2005 04:27 PM:

I admit the 500 hours of Arabic lessons thing was a bit obscure... but the postcards written to famous living and dead Austrians telling them to "please teach me Arabic" were funny. I also liked the thing he did with those American postcards, and his "Homeland Security" video in which he tells viewers in various languages that he is not a terrorist and does not know how to make bombs. I didn't get the "crosshairs" reference about the Damascus video either, but I thought it was pretty good, and the "Basic Arabic" photographs with the seemingly disconnected sentences on them weren't bad either.

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