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Săptămîna trecută a fost inaugurată aici, în Viena, o expoziţie inedită. Într-o clădire dezafectată, un fost sediu al poştei imperiale şi din care au rămas acum doar pereţii şi podelele, au fost expuse opere ale aproape o sută de artişti tineri, opere care au fost create în afară, de-a lungul... [Read More]
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La Marginea Balcanilor

Adică în Viena. Pe aici, încă de pe vremea lui Metternich, este o vorbă – “Balcanii încep de la Landstrasse”, Landstrasse fiind numele unei străzi şi a unui district din estul Vienei şi Balcanii fiind… r/estul Europei. Mă gîndesc să scriu aici din cînd în cînd cîte ceva despre ţara... [Read More]

Kazuo Ishiguro – Uriaşul îngropat

Cum vă ţineţi dumneavoastră amintirile neplăcute în frîu? Cît de bine credeţi că reacţionaţi cînd vă confruntaţi cu memorii dureroase, pe care poate le-aţi uitat sau aţi crezut că nici măcar nu există? Uriaşul îngropat, noua carte a lui Kazuo Ishiguro încearcă să se ocupe cu acest subiect. Acţiunea romanului... [Read More]

I Never Look Away

Had a couple of hours yesterday and rushed to the Albertina for Jim Dine’s self-portraits. Almost rembrandtesque in their effort, the making of self-portraits was a central theme for the artist. The variety of takes on it is quite overwhelming: from simple charcoal drawings to sandpaper, from canvases to chess... [Read More]

It was the best of times

On Miranda July’s The First Bad Man Trigger Warning: It contains and might support weirdness and queasiness. Black covers, white lettering. Simple. Nothing visually stimulating, nothing that would bring to mind the fact that the author is also an artist. Should it? I started reading it and was happy to... [Read More]

Our Endless (almost) Numbered Questions

Just some thoughts and possible questions I would have for the author of Our Endless Numbered Days, Claire Fuller. Inspiration What are the chances for such a story to be based on real-life events: a man, a survivalist, kidnapping his own daughter (although kidnapping is perhaps not the best fitting... [Read More]

Citizenfour / The Imitation Game

Two films I watched lately. I did not plan to see them one after the other and, at first, I did not see the connection between the two. Now… well… you know… like two peas in a pod… The movie The Imitation Game draws its title from Turing’s homonymous paper. The idea behind... [Read More]

Movies

Summarizing the movies I saw lately in (around) three words. Take this waltz - funny, loose, hot (as in weather). My week with Marilyn - dizzy, blond, sulky. Wild - arid, stubborn, hollow. Before I Disappear - amusing, quirky, grungy. Revolutionary Road - confused, weary, somehow missing the target. The... [Read More]

Blue Valentine

Not a bad movie. It might have been a beautiful love story. It could have been shorter and it would have had an uplifting story about how two very different people meet, have fun, fall in love, stay together. But the director, it seems, had something else in mind. The... [Read More]

Albertina/Westlicht/RPi2

Thursday evening had some time to see some art. First ALbertina - Thomas Ender’s watercolors, then a little show (really just a few works) from Bacon, Liechtenstein, Warhol, Richter, then photographs from Lee Miller. Had to learn a lot looking at these photos. She started up as a fashion model... [Read More]

Being Mortal

That’s the title of Atul Gawande’s latest book. A best seller on more than one list. A couple of days ago, drawn by Kottke’s sobs on twitter, I watched the PBS documentary too. Gawande leaves the impression of a man who seems to know what he does even if, at times, he claims the... [Read More]

Gerhard Richter Painting

It snows. Violently. If these tiny snowflakes would be as heavy as they are sharp, we’d have a city in ruin. They whirl themselves through the air and stab with their microscopic daggers at buildings, pavement, cars, trees… Nothing is spared. I have this image before my eyes – a young Gerhard... [Read More]

The (art) Dealer

I knew about him but I never met him. I met his brother many times but I somehow managed not to lay eyes on him until today. And here he is: he is as tall as his brother is short and he is as thin as his brother is fat. But... [Read More]

Humboldt, Gauss and... Daft Punk

They have all talked about it. It is a very good book, they said. You have to read it! And I did. Kehlmann’s - Die Vermessung der Welt. Yes, it does a very good job at portraying two great scientists: one running around the world, getting bitten by mosquitoes, crawling... [Read More]

Stalling for Time

by Gabriel Furmuzachi (a sketch) Abstract: Carel Fabritius left behind few but important works of art. We are concerned here with the View in Delft, and attempt to make two points about it. The first is that this small painting manages to break away from the classical perception of perspective,... [Read More]

On Words and Things

by Gabriel Furmuzachi (a perspective on the relationship between metaphors and reality) Abstract In this essay, I will critically examine Collin Turbayne and Philip Wheelwright’s approaches to the theory of metaphor. Through criticism of their views I will arrive at Paul Ricoeur’s theory which I consider is the most comprehensive... [Read More]

Another Other: the Foreigner

by Gabriel Furmuzachi A Metaphor of Identity The metaphor to which we refer appears in a couple of letters written in May 1877. On May 13th: […] C’est faux de dire : Je pense : on devrait dire : On me pense. - Pardon du jeu de mots. - Je... [Read More]

Vasari: Lives of the Artists

by Gabriel Furmuzachi Vasari is important. He tells the truth about art and about its makers. The truth, as he saw it. His truth. In a way, he is another Aristotle. The latter was doing work in all fields of science, experimenting, pondering, discussing, writing, etc. He was happy to... [Read More]

Asta Gröting. Lentos. Linz.

Most contemporary art is conceptual art. Seeing Gröting’s work in Lentos I had to think about it again. Today’s art comes from language and words and, to see it and understand it, you have to make the effort to put it back into language, to drape it up with words... [Read More]

Expectations: Kapoor/Serota | Collings/Emin

Last week, Boris Johnson, Anish Kapoor and Lakshmi Mittal have unveiled The ArcelorMittal Orbit, the centerpiece of the Olympic games in London. The Orbit looks like a tortured version of the Eiffel tower. Actually, Kapoor said that he wanted to “rethink what a tower might be”. An article in Times classifies... [Read More]

The world without

With modern art, one needs to know the artist and the references she makes through her work. Otherwise it is not easy to understand her work. Art began with representing nature or what was out there. Plato thought nothing good of it since it did not have access to the... [Read More]

Augenschmaus. A feast for the eyes.

by Gabriel Furmuzachi There is a difference between seeing paintings and seeing a show. In this case, Augenschmaus. Vom Essen in Stillleben. Or, as it is called in English – Feast for the eyes. Kunstforum. Vienna. I can only think that the backbone for the show was made up of... [Read More]

Constant Sun

Yesterday I went to an exhibition without art objects. There was nothing to see, except for a big table in the middle of a room with a laid out map of Europe, a pair of gloves, a black marker and a ruler. And lots of people. Relatively, that is (the... [Read More]

So, how does this work?

by Gabriel Furmuzachi (a sketch on contemporary art) I understand the fact that in (most) contemporary art one should not look for beauty. This week I finished my tour in MUMOK and saw the Gender Check exhibition. The objects there are not beautiful. They are challenging, violent, sometimes funny, sometimes... [Read More]

Books, exhibitions, movies...

Books: Sarah Thornton – Seven Days in the Artworld. Well, this was an eye-opening book. I did not read it for the plot (there is none) and the writing itself is rather weak and often self flattering. There’s not much in the way of an analysis of the artworld (from... [Read More]

Roma

On Sunday there was a derby game – Roma vs. Lazio. Did not take too much notice of it. And I would’ve forgotten about it completely were it not for the ride back to the hotel. But first things first. Ambasciata di Abruzzo. Excellent aperitifs, good dinner. And the wine! A... [Read More]

The One or the Other?

Yesterday when I got up I found a request from PhilPapers in my mailbox. I wasn’t really awake; still had to rub my eyes to see well. Had nothing to eat or drink… But enough excuses… And what did the guys from PhilPaper want? A test. They wanted to make... [Read More]

Paris

Don’t really feel like writing lately. I want to, I sit at the computer and start typing but words don’t come up. After several good minutes of tossing around I abandon it altogether and try something else. Reading books and blogs, watching movies, planning challenges for the new ubuntu 9.10... [Read More]

Pluie!

Parlez-moi de la pluie! Yes. Tell me about the rain. Actually, why is it called like this? According to Wikipedia, the screenwriter, director and actor Agnès Jaoui had a song in her ears when she was rushing to a writing session with her husband. L’orage by Georges Brassens. Which begins... [Read More]
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Sora Exacta

Citesc din Sora Exacta a lui Iulian Tanase. E altfel decit Iubitafizica. Foarte altfel. Mai timpuriu? Probabil. Ceva descoperit in sertarul cu insemnari. Probabil. // Sfirsitul lumii a avut loc deja si noi continuam sa traim ne prefacem ca sintem vii ne sarutam pe gura pina ametim mergem la cite... [Read More]

The Human Stain / The Reader

The Human Stain. The movie. I read the book long time ago and liked it. But it was only now that I got to see the movie. Which isn’t bad, but does not match the book. It’s not easy to match it, anyway, as it is pretty densely packed with... [Read More]

Richard David Precht

While running I had the chance to hear a discussion on the radio with Richard David Precht. I heard about his latest book and wanted to read it, but now I have second thoughts. It started pretty interesting anyway. And I thought the guy had a certain sense of humor.... [Read More]

Galerienrundgang

Yesterday,  another Galerienrundgang. I did not know about it until I saw someone who came into our gallery with the flyer. Funny thing though, this guy stepped in and, very confident said he’s been walking by every so often but never got in. And he wanted to ask if we... [Read More]

Men and Women

I finished reading Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. I have to get used to his style. There is none actually. He just writes. His technique of shaving off any words and phrases which are not vital for the plot is visibly at work. There is no subtlety, there are no... [Read More]

Hemingway

I’ve only read half of The Sun Also Rises but I think  I can somehow spot the Americanness of Hemingway. Yes, I did not read any Hemingway until now but I got a whole collection with most of his books and I do intend to read them (all). After half... [Read More]

LeClezio / Chabon / Dawkins

LeClezio  – Poisson d’or I read this in French. Had all the time in the world, but it went rather fast. The whole book is in the title: the gold fish that slips away. It gave me the impression though that at times it moved a bit too fast (as... [Read More]
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Kinomontag

Il Divo. In Italian with German subtitles. Made me spend some time on the internet reading about the recent Italian history. Was this a good movie? Don’t really know. It happened a lot in it but it did not really have a plot line. I mean like a story with... [Read More]

Greece / 2009

And Greece it was! Athens, Santorini, Sunio and Pelion. Quite a line-up! Overall impression – not too crowded this year. I guess the economic crisis has something to do with it. I’ve been told, in Greece it is common to get a loan from the bank in order to go... [Read More]

Caos Calmo

Monday, as usual now, was a movie monday. Votiv Kino – Caos Calmo, with Nanni Moretti. I did not expect much from it. Years ago I saw Caro Diaro and loved it. And then I saw La Stanza Del Figlio and hated it. So… everything was possible… And, it worked.... [Read More]

Boating for Beginners

Last week I read Winterson‘s Boating For Beginners. Hilarious. It reminded me of Eddie Izzard and of The Life of Brian. It was really fun to read. Just consider this: Gloria had chosen to be nothing in order to avoid being her mother’s something. – ‘Denise, I love my breasts. I... [Read More]

Truck Obscura

Have a look here. This is the biggest and simplest camera in the whole world. Look at the pictures in the gallery. And, of course, zoom in! More and more! The photos seem to never end. And they continue to be sharp and clear. And notice the handwork. The sponge traces.... [Read More]

Pougheon?

How is this possible? A small painter. Nonetheless member of the French Academy and teacher at the Académie Julian. Eugène Robert Pougheon (1886-1955). Almost nothing on him on the internet. A rare acquaintance of the auction houses as well. And not only that, his paintings are valued from a few... [Read More]
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The Brooklyn Follies

What did I say? If you need good old plain storytelling, you go to Auster. He never fails you. The Brooklyn Follies is good to read. Despite the fact that Nathan sounds more than often a bit too all-knowing (although Auster tries to hide that by sometimes making him begin... [Read More]
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Identity

From Kundera’s Identity: ‘Why are we living? To provide God with human flesh. Because the Bible, my dear lady, does not ask us to seek the meaning of life. It asks us to procreate. Love one another and procreate. Understand this: the meaning of that “love one another” is determined... [Read More]

The (almost) Daily

Kundera’s Identity. I read this book before. If I am not mistaken, I read it in French. Now, it was in English. It is not as gripping as the other Kundera books but it is worth the ensuing meditation, nevertheless. And somehow it did not come alone. It’s a bit... [Read More]

Rain...

Iran – Where is my vote? series… It rains since yesterday morning. Continuously… I want it to stop! Stop! Stop! Where is sun? The summer heat? Yesterday we saw Il Pranzo di Ferragosto. A funny little movie. At times, I found it a bit too crammed (camera too close, a... [Read More]

Oh, yeah! Kitchen Confidential!

And yet another passion! It’s been there, all along, but now it gathers steam up and it is ready to burst. Kitchen Confidential opened up another world to me. OK, I knew a bit about food and eating, I like cooking and I cook whenever I have the chance, but... [Read More]

Kitchen Confidential?

Now I read from Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. I started reading it accidentally and I find it quite interesting. All this kitchen stuff… food… eating… cooking…. Perhaps I’ll stop being a vegetarian because of this book. We’ll see… [Read More]

Lord of The Flies

William Golding – The Lord of The Flies. Not a complicated book, at first sight, but just the opposite as you try to analyze it. Somehow, I tend to associate it with Odilon Redon. Is it the symbolism that infuses both Golding and Redon (although both are of very a... [Read More]
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Seeing

A new exhibition opened last week at MUMOK – Cy Twombly which I intend to see. I went there for the opening (which took place outside in MQ) but then, when I saw how many people already gathered, I gave up. Just stayed a bit and took some photos. Will... [Read More]

Bukowski & Hosseini

Finished Bukowski’s Factotum. Man, was he drinking! I almost got intoxicated just by reading how much and how often he drank. The word ‘drank’ itself popped up in almost every other sentence! Drinking and women. That’s pretty much it. And trying to find work in between, to be able to... [Read More]
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Galerienrundgang

Last Thursday – gallery walk in the first district. Galerie Krinzinger – Hans Op De Beek and Shilpa Gupta both interesting. I found the video installation from Op De Beek a bit kitschy. And I would like to know how much of it is made by hand and how much... [Read More]
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More books on the read list

The Beautiful and the Damned (Fitzgerald), Vonnegut’s Breakfast of the Champions, Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and (soon) Factotum (Bukowski). I like the classics. With Fitzgerald one is transported back to the “good old days” when things developed slower and lured you like a good black and white photo.... [Read More]
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London

Busy, busy… London was great. I find it very good that entrance to all important museums is free (for the permanent collections, anyway). It is good to know that whenever I want I can go to the National Gallery and spend a few hours in front of the impressionists (for... [Read More]

Hellmonsödt - ARTEMONS

Sunday – up in Hellmonsödt to see Upper Austrian painters at ARTEMONS. Kubin, Dunzendorfer, Ploberger, Pöll, Sedlacek, Wach, von Züllow, Weidinger. Took photos of signatures and now I try to memorize them.  [Read More]
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Haddon and Marquez

I did quite a lot of reading on the new Personal Reading System (Sony PRS700): Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which is quite easy to read. Somehow simple and complicated at the same time. Simple because it is narrated by someone who needs... [Read More]
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Plath and Cortazar

While waiting for the other books I started listening to Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar – an audio book narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal (somehow, a very good choice to narrate such a thing). It was not easy, though. Listening for several hours to thoughts on how to commit suicide is not... [Read More]

Lentos

At the weekend I was in Linz and went to Lentos for The Best of Austria and Linz Blick. I don’t know why but Lentos consistently fails to impress me. Linz Blick – the idea was interesting – have a map of the city and the images exhibited (paintings, drawings,... [Read More]

Too Loud a Solitude & Minotaurs

Too Loud a Solitude – done. Hrabal – on my side. It’s a small book – 98 pages. It reads well and it flickers now and then with wonderful stuff. “Because thoughts come from outside and travel with us like the noodle soup we take to work”. (2) Citing from... [Read More]
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Pessoa / Alvaro de Campos

I spent several hours translating from Carpenter’s essay on the strength of Greenberg’s aesthetics and I find it weak. Very weak. And, therefore, difficult to translate. Now, I started with a text from Greenberg himself and it goes as smooth as possible. I am wondering if it is already translated... [Read More]

The Ballad of the Sad Café

After Borges I read a bit from Anna Sam’s hyped Leiden einer Kassiererin. Read about 50 pages in an hour or so. Quite a change of direction, ain’t it? I interrupted it and started The Ballad of the Sad Café, by Carson McCullers. I bought this book at a flea... [Read More]
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This and that

Borges’ stories are dry. Although they spawn on several pages, what they say can be said in a couple of sentences. They are not funny, nor poetical, nor sparkling… but they are interesting. They explore a realm of possibility and give it a certain form, a certain Gestalt. It is... [Read More]

15 march

This week I spent quite a lot of time looking for interesting blogs in Romania. And I found quite a few. They are mostly blogs that have to do with books, reading and writing. I was pleasantly surprised to find so many interesting things. It made me happy. I thought... [Read More]

Letters never sent

i was going over some stuff i wrote a few years ago – a couple of letters i thought about sending. one of them to paul auster and the other to eva hoffman. i do not really know why i wrote them any more. it certainly must have been the... [Read More]

Mucha and Don Carlos

on sunday, a cold and windy day, we took refuge in the colorful and playful exhibition in the lower belvedere –  alphonse mucha. and yesterday we saw don carlos in the burgtheater.  [Read More]
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Barlach & Kollwitz

in a jiffy, elbowing my way around the sculptures, i managed to see yesterday’s opening at leopold museum. at the beginning i took refuge in the small theater which was almost empty and saw there a documentary on ernst barlach. and then had to fight my way through the masses... [Read More]
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What I saw...

two exhibitions. i caught both of them in their last week.  peter kogler – in MUMOK. check this out. and try to imagine being there, alone. just you and the projection. and the sound blasting out from huge speakers, camouflaged behind the walls.  edward hopper – in kunsthalle. it somehow... [Read More]

Some more books

ma numesc rosu (my name is red) – orhan pamuk. remind me not to read pamuk again! he is gripping (every once in a while) but not always. he may be funny. his writing has strength. but no beauty. i thought it was the language. i read ‘snow’ in english.... [Read More]

Books

some books i read lately. gyorgy dragoman – regele alb (the white king). wow! that was a ride! thank you! mircea cartarescu – orbitor. corpul (glaring. the body). somehow, not as exciting as the first part. one feels the anguish he has in staring at the white paper, waiting to... [Read More]
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a bit crazy

what if? well, that’s the question! that’s always the question. not to be or not to be but what if it were and what if i were not? yes, it’s a bit crazy to think of it like this. thou shall not discard possibilities! today i had a sort of... [Read More]

weekend

destul de plin, weekend-ul asta. pe arte tocmai am vazut un documentar despre niebelungi: cita realitate si cit mit. saturday – der späte tizian – the late titian and the sensuality of painting. khm.at read victor stoichita: goya – die familie karls IV oskar bätschmann: cezannes große badende – scheitern... [Read More]