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WurzelCompetition No. 7938612

by Suzanne on April 8th, 2010

Hello there, my beloved readership.

Fret not, there are many, many posts in planning, but due to the preparations for tomorrow’s Jessica Albarn show, I didn’t get to spend a lot of time here on the picturesque interwebs.

So instead, let’s have another competition, shall we?

Mainly because I’m so super generous but also, because you proved how very smart you are in the last few riddles and I was so deeply impressed that I actually believe we should all found a neo-Platonic iAcademy where we start growing impressive beards and walk up and down columned halls on ChatRoulette mumbling nonsensical Greek theorems while rubbing our collective chin. Oh, yes, it will be a new dawn of braiiiiins!

Anyhow, so today’s conundrum is therefore especially challenging, but if you kept up to date with the WurzelBlog since its infancy, and happen to have very keen eyes, you should be able to solve this mystery.

Here we go:

What is so very clever about the blocks in Koen Hauser‘s Nigredo photograph from his Opus Magnum Atomium series (see image above)?

Animism at Extra City Antwerp, Belgium

by Suzanne on February 9th, 2010

An entire A4 page of unintelligible, pretentious blather disguised as a clever press release really shouldn’t keep you from visiting Animism – a long-term touring exhibition loosely based around the idea of… errr… uhmm… the technological/digital renaissance of animism?! o_O

Because, after all, we all like dancing skeletons…


Silly Symphonies – The Skeleton Dance by Walt Disney, 1929

… and spiders on crotches… no?!


Replace Me by Rosemarie Trockel, 2009 – click to enlarge

… oh, and did I mention that remote-controlled pigeons (yes, I know “buse” is Frenchistani for buzzard, but this rendering looks way more pigeony than buzzardy to me, so shuuuuush!) will be on show too?


Buse volant avec l’appareil qui signale les mouvements décrits par l’extrémité de son aile by Étienne-Jules Marey, 1886 – click to enlarge

À propos pigeons or buzzards dressed like pigeons, this painfully poetic sequence from C’est arrivé près de chez vous featuring Benoît Poelvoorde needs to be watched at least once a week day (preferably under the parental guidance and watchful eyes of Dr. med. Klav):

Oh, and least we forget the obligatory art historical question (very basic level this time): Which infamous painting is Rosemarie Trockel’s artwork Replace Me (see above) based on? Artist, title, date, please. Once again, you will win a random item from my smelly ‘ol Drawer ov Doom. First correct answer in the comments section wins. Good luck.

Oh, and congrats to Sir Dave C for solving yesterday’s conundrum: Glenn Brown’s Spearmint Rhino is of course based on Francisco de Zurbarán’s Agnus Dei.

Gods, this blog is so informative! :D

Anyway, exhibition details for Animism below.

On show: January 22 – May 2, 2010

Address: Extra City – Kunsthal Antwerpen, Tulpstraat 79, 2060 Antwerp, BELGIUM, tel: +32 (0)3 677 1655 | Map

Gallery hours: Wed – Sun: 2 – 7 PM

Preview | Exhibition guide (PDF)

Glenn Brown at Ludwig Museum, Budapest

by Suzanne on February 8th, 2010


Star Dust by Glenn Brown, oil on panel, 2009

The Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in my beloved town of Budapest who was unhelpful enough to provide me with zero press material, is apparently hosting a Glenn Brown exhibition.

It opened yesterday and Glenn’s works will be on show until April 11, 2010.


Spearmint Rhino by Glenn Brown, oil on panel, 2009 – click to enlarge

Only three works are featured in the exhibition preview, but I assume/hope it’s going to be a bit more epic than that. Sew sue me if not.

Oh, and buy his Tate Liverpool exhibition catalogue. It’s worth every forint.

Bonus question for fellow art history nerds: Which 17th century religious artwork (title and artist, per favore) is Spearmint Rhino based on? First correct commentator(ess) wins.. uhmm… some random thing from my Drawer ov Dooooom. Yay!

On show: February 6 – April 11, 2010

Address: Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Palace of Arts, Komor Marcell u. 1, Budapest, H-1095, HUNGARY, tel: +36 1 555 3444 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue – Sun: 10 AM – 8 PM

Admission: Free last Sunday of every month

Literature: Glenn Brown Catalogue by Francesco Bonami and Laurence Sillars (newer editions have a much nicer cover)

… and in completely unrelated news, here’s a rare appearance of Blondie as Blackie in a Hans-Ruedi Gigeresque environment:


Blondie (via All Things Amazing) – click to enlarge

Meow.