Monday, October 22, 2012

Art or Vandalism?

From the Tate Modern art gallery in London, there comes the startling news that a man wrote on one of the art works exhibited there, and then claimed that he was trying to improve it. Is this possible?

Neil and Jennifer discuss the question on Six Minute English, which comes to you from the BBC's 'Learning English' site.

As always, take your time to read the questions, then listen to the programme. When you have finished, write your answers in a Comment or on the Tag Board.

1. This week's official question:

The highest price ever paid for a painting was for Paul Cezanne's 'The Card Players'. How much did it cost? Was it: a) $120m?  b) $250m? c) $500m? (m = "million".)

2. Jennifer's favourite painting is G______ which depicts a scene from the ______ ______ ______ . (3 words.)

3. Whose painting did the visitor to the Tate Modern deface? M_____ R______ . (A very famous Russian-American artist.)

4. How did the 'vandal' feel about his act of defacing the painting? Write a few words that express his ideas.

5. What is the idea of the 'Yellowist' movement? Write a short answer.

Now listen to the programme. Then write your answers on the Tag Board (max 200 characters per message) or in a Comment (best to choose the "Name/URL" option.)

How many people will do the quiz this week??

Have a nice Monday.


Francesca said...

Hi Mike,
i'm Francesca and i send you my exercise answers:

1- 250m
2- Guernica....from the Spanish civil war
3- Mark Rotko
4- He was happy and at the same time he was sad because people didn't understand the reason of his action.
5- The idea of the 'Yellowist' movement is feel free to take an artist's work and put a new message on it

Livia said...

2)Guernica - Spanish Civil War
3)Mark Rothko
4)He was very glad for his action but also very sad because people still could not see the beauty of his action(he is the founder of Yellowist Movement)
5)The follower of Yellowist Movement "make art" putting a new message on somebody(?) is done. So for this ideas the man wrote on the painting

Livia said...

the followerS of Yellowist Movement (*)

Francesco said...

1)250 m
2)Guernica/ Spanish CIvil war
3)Mark Rotko
4)he feels glad, and thinks that he is an artist
5)Who joins the Yellownist movement thinks to add a new message in the old art works