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Beethoven's Trumpet (With Ear) Opus # 133
John Baldessari
Beethoven's Trumpet (With Ear) Opus # 133

2007

Resin, fibreglass, bronze, aluminium, and electronics

186 x 183 x 267 cm
John Baldessari’s practice explores ideas around communication. Some of his signature works are conceptual juxtapositions of text and images that demonstrate the enormous associative power of language in the way that art is interacted with and understood. His works have paired statements with found photographs to humorously exploit the game-like way in which narrative can be arbitrarily created by language and visuals.

Beethoven’s Trumpet (With Ear) Opus # 133 (2007) is a large-scale work about the paradox of communication’s incomplete nature – a sculptural sound piece about a deaf composer. It was one of the artist’s first sculptures. “I was asked to do a retrospective show in 2007 in Bonn with all the works I’d done about music. Bonn is the birthplace of Beethoven and I visited his house and he had a whole cabinet of ear trumpets that he used. I was really fascinated with them as sculptural forms, especially one that he had designed himself that I thought was quite beautiful. And then for maybe four or five years I’ve been doing these works about body parts and I think it started out with noses and ears, so ears were on my mind. And then probably there was one of those three o’clock in the morning moments when you are awake and all of a sudden I thought, ‘wait a minute – ear/ear trumpet’.”

Baldessari’s epiphany and Magritte-like montage of associations creates a piece highlighting how meaning is created through senses beyond the traditionally privileged one, vision – the work is silent until the viewer speaks into the trumpet at which point a section from Beethoven’s six last quartets will be heard.

But if this is Beethoven’s deaf ear, is the meaning of what is said even connected to the sound that will be heard, and what does the randomness of the fragments indicate? The paradox of communication is once again left up to the viewer to resolve.

John Baldessari's BIOGRAPHY

John Baldessari
Born in 1931 in National City, California
Lives and works in Santa Monica, California



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Baldessari', Sprüth Magers Berlin,
'John Baldessari: Your Name in Lights', Australian Museum façade. Sydney, Australia

2010
'John Baldessari: Sediment', Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
'John Baldessari: Foot and Stocking (With Big Toe Exposed) Series', Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, USA

2009
'John Baldessari: Pure Beauty', Tate Modern, London, GB; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, E; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
'John Baldessari: Hands and/or feet (Part One)', Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris
'John Baldessari: Hands and/or Feet (Part Two)', Sprüth Magers, Berlin,
'John Baldessari: Ear Sofa; Nose Sconces with Flowers (in Stage Setting)', Sprüth Magers, London, GB
'John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective from the collections of Jordan D.Schnitzer and his family foundation', Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, San Francisco, USA
'John Baldessari: Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads: Part IV', Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, CH
'John Baldessari: Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads: Part III', Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
'John Baldessari: Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads: Part II', Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon
'John Baldessari: BRICK BLDG, LG WINDOWS W/ XLENT VIEWS, PARTIALLY FURNISHED, RENOWNED ARCHITECT', Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld

2008
'John Baldessari: Raised Eyebrow / Furrowed Foreheads', Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA
'John Baldessari and Koen Van Den Broek: This an Example of that', Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels, B; Bonnefantenmuseum Maastrich, Masstricht, NL
'John Baldessari: BACA Laureate 2008', Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, Maastricht, NL
'John Baldessari and Matt Mullican: Pong', Tracy Williams Ltd, New York, USA
'John Baldessari: Arms & Legs (Specif. Elbows & Knees), Etc., Part II', Galería Pepe Cobo, Madrid

2007
'John Baldessari: Beethoven’s Trumpet; In One Ear and Out the Same Ear', The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, USA
'John Baldessari and Alejandro Cesarco: Retrospective', Murray Guy, New York, USA
'John Baldessari: Arms & Legs (Specif. Elbows & Knees), Etc.', Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, F
'John Baldessari: Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Four)', Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, CH
'John Baldessari: Music', curated by Stephan Gronert, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, D; presented in conjunction with 'Beethoven’s Trumpet; In One Ear and Out the Same Ear', curated by Christina Vegh, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, D and 'Music', Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, D
'John Baldessari: Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Three)', Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
'John Baldessari: Eden: Adam and Eve (With Ear and Nose) Plus Serpent', Portikus, Frankfurt am Main

2006
'John Baldessari: Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two)', Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA
'John Baldessari: The Prima Facie Series', organised by Ann Cesteleyn, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle
'John Baldessari: Composition for Violin and Voices (Male), 1987, Une œuvre de la collection', Musée d’Art Contemporain Lyon, Lyon
'John Baldessari: Noses & Ears, Etc.', Cristina Guerra, Lisbon
'John Baldessari: Prima Facie (Fifth State)', Sprüth Magers Lee, London, GB
'John Baldessari: Works 1982 – 1991', Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris

2005
'John Baldessari: Prima Facie (Fourth State)', Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels, B
'John Baldessari: Prima Facie (Third State)', Galeria Pepe Cobo, Madrid, E
'John Baldessari: From Life', Carré d’ Art Musee Contemporain de Nimes, Nimes, F
'John Baldessari: Prima Facie (Second State)', Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, CH
'John Baldessari: Prima Facie', Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
'John Baldessari: The Blockage Series', Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, F
'John Baldessari: Life’s Balance, (Works 84-04)', Space 02, Kunsthaus Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, A
'John Baldessari: A Different Kind of Order, (Works1962-1984)', Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, A

2004
'John Baldessari: Somewhere Between Almost Right and Not Quite (With Orange)', Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, D
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA
'John Baldessari: Recent Maquettes & Prints', Art Affairs, Amsterdam, NL

2003
'John Baldessari: Vertical/Horizontal Series', Bernier/Elaides, Athens, GR
'John Baldessari: The Duress Series', Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, CH
'John Baldessari: Editionen', Einladung zur Eröffnung, Hamburg, D

2002
'John Baldessari: Junctions and Intersections', Sprüth Magers, Cologne, D; Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
'John Baldessari', Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA

2001
'John Baldessari', Museo d’ Arte Moderna Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Trento, I
'John Baldessari: The Overlap Series', Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, CH

2000
'John Baldessari', Meert Rihoux, Brussels, B
'Baldessari, While something is happening here, something else is happening there, Works 1988-1999', Sprengel Museum, Hanover, D

1999
'Baldessari, Tetrad Series', Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA
'Baldessari und Goya', Albertina im Akademiehof, Vienna, A

1998
'John Baldessari: Commissioned Paintings', Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA
'John Baldessari: Recent Works', Charim Klocker, Vienna, A
'Tele Dolca Llar & Baldessari 4 HAB a/Vtes.:paper pintat, llums I plantes. NOU', Museu d’ Art Contemporani, Barcelona, E
'Baldessari, 4 RMS W VU: WALLPAPER, LAMPS AND PLANTS. NEW', Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, CH
'John Baldessari', Mai 36 Gallery, Zurich, CH
'John Baldessari, The Goya Series', Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA

1997
'John Baldessari', Theoretical Events, Naples, I
'John Baldessari National City Paintings from 1967 and 1996', Galerie Philomene Magers, Cologne, D
'John Baldessari', Marian Goodman, Paris, F
'John Baldessari 1990-1996', Galerie Laage-Salomon, Paris, F
'John Baldessari', Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1996
'John Baldessari', Centro de Arte Moderna Jose de Azeredo Perdigao, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, P
'John Baldessari: National City', San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, USA
Hochschule fur Angewandte Kunst in Wien, Vienna, A
'John Baldessari', Jürgen Becker, Hamburg, D

1995
'John Baldessari: A Retrospective', Cornerhouse, Manchester, GB; Serpentine Gallery, London, GB; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, D; Moderna Gallerija, Ljubljana, SLO; Museet For Samtidskunst, Oslo, N; Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, P
'John Baldessari', Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1994
'Artist’s Choice: John Baldessari, e.g. Grass, Water Heater, Mouths, & etc. (for John Graham)', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1990
'John Baldessari', The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA; The Hirshhorn Museum ans Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; Musee d' Art Contemporain de Montreal, CDN

1989
'John Baldessari: Ni por esas', Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, E; capc Musee d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux, F; IVAM Center Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, E

1986
'John Baldessari: MATRIX BERKELEY 94', University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, USA

1985
'John Baldessari', Le Consortium, Centre d’ Art Contemporain, Dijon, F

1981
'John Baldessari: Work 1966 – 1980', Exhibition organized by Marcia Tucker, The New Museum, New York, USA; The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA; Municipal Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL; Museum Folkwang, Essen, D


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Shape Of Things To Come: New Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London

2009
'In & Out of Amsterdam: Art & Project Bulletin, 1968-1989', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
'Target Practice: Painting Under Attack 1949-78', Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
'La Biennale di Venezia: 53. Exposizione Internazional d'Arte. Fare Mundi', Venice, I
'Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
'The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984', curated by Doug Eklund, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
'Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West', curated by Eva Respini, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

2008
'The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now', San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
'California Video', curated by Glenn Phillips, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
'Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today', organized by Ann Temkin, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, GB
'BCAM at LACMA: The Inaugural Installation', Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
'Collecting Collections: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles', Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
'John Baldessari and Matt Mullican: Pong', Tracy Williams Ltd, New York, USA
'John Baldessari and Koen Van Den Broek: This an Example of That', Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels, B; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL

2007
'What is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
'Hammer Contemporary Collection: Part I', Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, USA
'Learn to Read', Tate Modern, London, GB
'Not For Sale', P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, USA
'John Baldessari and Alejandro Cesarco: Retrospective', Murray Guy, New York, USA

2006
'Red Eye: L.A. Artists from the Rubell Family Collection', Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA
'Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images', Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
'Los Angeles 1955-1985: Birth of an Art Capital', Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, F
'Joy Pop! Pop Art 1960’s - 2000s: From Lichtenstein, Warhol to the Current Generation', Sieji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo, J
'Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, Work Groups and Installations', Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, CH

2005
'The Fluidity of Time: Selections from the MCA Collection', Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
'Drawing from the Modern 1975-2005', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
'The Blake Byrne Collection', Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
'Big Bang', Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, F
'Open Systems: Rethinking Art c.1970', Tate Modern, London, GB

2004
'Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s-70s', Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA; Miami Art Museum, Miami, USA
'Small: the Object in Film, Video, and Slide Instillation', The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
'California Dreaming', The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
'Behind the Facts. Interfunktionen 1968-1975', Joan Miro Foundation, Parc de Montjuic, Barcelona, E; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, D

2003
'Jede Fotografie ein Bild. Siemens Fotosammlung', Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, D
'Utopia Station', Venice Biennale, Venice, I
'The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982', Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
'Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons: Four Decades of Art from the Broad Collections', Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, E
'Video Acts: Single Channel Works From the Collections of Pamela and Richard Kramlich and New Art Trust', P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, USA

2002
'Comer o no Comer (To Eat or Not to Eat)', Centro de Arts de Salamanca, Salamanca, E
'Life, Death, Love, Hate, Pleasure, Pain: Selected Works from the MCA Collection', Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
'Limits de la Percepcio', Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, E
'Kunst nach Kunst (Art After Art)', curated by Peter Friese, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, D
'Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons: Four Decades of Art from the Broad Collections', Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2002), USA
'Visions From America: Photographs From The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2001', The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
'Conceptual Art in the Netherlands and Belgium 1965-1975 from Dutch and Belgian Collections', Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
'Museum unserer Wünsche (Museum of Our Wishes)', Museum Ludwig, Cologne, D

2001
'Seeing', Boone Children’s Gallery, LACMA West, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
'Tele[visions]: Kunst sieht Fern', Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, A
'Subject Plural: Crowds in Contemporary Art', Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA

2000
'Departures: 11 Artists at the Getty', J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Kunsthalle, Basel, CH

1999
'Crosscurrents: New Art from MoMA', Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, J
'Sight Gags, Grotesque, Charicature, and Wit in Modern and Contemporary Drawing', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
'Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin 1950s-1980s', Queens Museum of Art, Queens, USA
'Circa 1968', Museu Serralves, Museu De Arte Contemporanea, Porto, P
'Trouble Spot. Painting', MUHKA, Antwerp, B

1998
'Big As Life: An American History of 8mm films', The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
'Art Without the Unique Edition Artelier, 1985-1998', Künstlerhaus Graz, Graz, A
'Artificial Figuracions Contemporanies', Museu d’ Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, E
'Double Trouble, The Patchett Collection', The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA

1997
'La Biennale di Venezia: 47th International Art Exhibition', Venice, I
'Scene of the Crime', UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
'Sunshine & Noir. Art in L.A. 1960-1997', Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, DK; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, D; Castello di Rivioli, Museo d' Arte Contemporanea, Rivioli, I; UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
'Livers D’Artistes', Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, F

1996
'Painting into Photography: Photography into Painting', The Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, USA
'Hall of Mirrors: Art and Film since 1945', Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
'Comme un oiseau', Foundation Cartier pour l’ Art Contemporain, Paris, F
'1965-1975: Reconsidering the Object of Art', Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
'Reflected Image: A selection of Contemporary Photography from the LAC Collection, Switzerland' Centro per l’ Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, I

1993
'Construction Quotation: Collective images in Photography', Sprengel Museum, Hanover, D

1992
'More than One Photographer: Works since 1980 from the Collection', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1991
'Devil on the Stairs; Looking Back at the Eighties', curated by Robert Storr, ICA – Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, USA

1990
'Art in Europe and America: The 1960s and 1970s', Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

1986
'Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art 1945-1986', Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

1985
'Carnegie International: Contemporary Art – Europe and America in Pittsburgh', Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, USA

1983
Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

1982
Documenta VII, Kassel, D
'Photography Used in Contemporary Art, In and Around the 70’s', National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, J

1978
'Art About Art', The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

1972
Documenta V, Kassel, D