New in Vienna's MUMOK is a Pop Art Exhibition titled Ludwig goes Pop.
But before I can come to the works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana & Co. I stop to take in a remarkable work by Wolf Vostell (1932-1998).
An information notice states: Miss Vietnam 1967. Materials: mannequin, painted, burnt, collage, various materials.
To Miss Vietnam 1967 and all the other innocents who were burnt to a crisp in 1967 in Vietnam I really don't know what to say. I really don't have the right words. For the moment I know only that the words 'collateral' and 'damage' are not the right words for what I see before me.
I am sad.
I am sad for humankind.
I am sad that we cannot behave better than we do.
And I am sad for the way we make excuses for our bad behaviour
and for the way we appease our souls
by use of cunning words and
I am very sad.