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Joseph Kosuth

Brooklyn Museum

Invited to exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, Joseph Kosuth chose to root through the museum’s remarkable collection, acting as a kind of curator-cum-archaelogist. The result is a salon-style installation in the museum’s lobby of works that have, at some point and for one reason or another, been found offensive, juxtaposed with text silk-screened directly on the walls, which explains why and to whom they were objectionable. The whole installation is called The Play of the Unmentionable, a twist on the title of Kosuth’s previous curatorial investigation, The Play of the Unsayable: Wittgenstein and the Art of the 20th Century.

The visitor to the installation is greeted by a giant work by Barbara Kruger, mounted on the wall facing the front doors. It reads: “We Are Notifying You Of A Change of Address,” and the puns it makes off the exhibit inside are multiple. The museum is too rarely visited

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