1.L.H.O.O.Q. (1919) by Marcel Duchamp
You know how some people think Mona Lisa looks like a man? Marcel Duchamp agreed. He took a cheap postcard reproduction, doodled a moustache and a goatee and titled it L.H.O.O.Q., which when read in French loosely translates to ‘She has a hot arse’.
2. Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995) by Ai Weiwei
He took precious urns from the Han Dynasty era, painted the Coca-Cola logo and what not on them. Then, he dropped one – almost indifferently – smashing it for a series of three pictures. Not impressed? Brush up on history. The han-era ceramic urn was roughly 2,000 years old. And because the photographer couldn’t get it right the first time, they had to do it again.
3. Lobster Telephone (1936) by Salvador Dali
“I do not understand why, when I ask for a grilled lobster in a restaurant, I am never served a cooked telephone,” said Dali and made a series of five working telephones topped with a bright orange plaster lobster. Surrealism is the illogical connection of unrelated objects (or artists going nuts). If you pick up the receiver, you’ll be speaking right into the lobster’s genitalia. And so you know, lobsters are considered aphrodisiacs.
4. The Tent (1995) by Tracey Emin
It is actually titled Everyone I Have Ever Slept With (1963-1995). To be fair, the names of Emin’s teddy bear and family members also appear in the work, putting things in a larger perspective. After Charles Saatchi (of ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi) paid around £40,000 for this, it burnt down in an accidental fire in 2004. Lol?
From HT Brunch, August 25
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