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Bonn

John Baldessari: Music

Kunstmuseum Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
May 12 - July 29

Curated by Stefan Gronert and Christina Végh

Also on view at the Bonner Kunstverein

A welcome start at addressing the underexplored relationship between Conceptual art and sound, this dual-venue exhibition traces a musical motif that runs through the work of Conceptualist pioneer and stalwart John Baldessari. Curator Stefan Gronert has organized a thematic retrospective at the Kunstmuseum Bonn that features more than fifty works (paintings, photographs, videos, and mixed media) spanning the artist’s career, from his delightfully awkward video John Baldessari Sings Sol LeWitt, 1972, to more recent work in which photographs and musical images are used to create scores or suggest an invisible sonic register. Across town at the Bonner Kunstverein, curator Christina Végh presents Baldessari’s Beethoven’s Trumpet: In One Ear and Out the Same Ear, a new sculptural installation that references the city’s most famous musical son.