Mondrian Piet

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A Piet Mondrian Painting Has Been Hanging Upside Down for More Than 75 Years

The work, first exhibited at New York’s MoMA, might have been accidentally mislabeled or turned over in a crate.

By Alexandra Tremayne-Pengelly

Two men look at the Mondrian painting, made up of red, yellow and blue lines of tape
The artwork in question, wrong side up. HENNING KAISER/DDP/AFP via Getty Images

An abstract art piece from Dutch painter Piet Mondrian has mistakenly been hanging upside down for the past 77 years.

Mondrian’s 1941 New York City 1, consisting of multi-colored taped lines, has been held at Germany’s Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen’s art collection since 1980. It was first exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1945.

However, a press conference for the Kunstsammlung’s new Mondrian exhibition included the surprising revelation that New York City 1 was displayed incorrectly by both institutions, as reported by German publication Monopol.

A photograph taken of Mondrian’s studio shortly after his death in 1944 pictured the artwork oriented opposite of how it has ben exhibited, said curator Susanne Meyer-Buser, who researched the museums’s upcoming Mondrian show. The placement of tape on the unsigned painting also indicates the piece was hung incorrectly.

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Toad Lickers Not Welcome

from IndiaTimes

US: National Park Service Warns People To Stop Licking Toad That Causes Hallucinations

Story by Basit Aijaz

Indiatimes

The US National Park Service is warning people to stop licking toads in the wild, due to their gland-secreted psychedelic substance that can create a hallucinogenic experience.  

In a Facebook post, the National Park Service (NPS) urged people to refrain from licking the Sonoran desert toad, also known as the Colorado river toad.

The agency said the creature is far from harmless, as it contains a potent toxin that can make people sick if they touch it or get the poison in their mouth. 

“These toads have prominent parotoid glands that secrete a potent toxin. It can make you sick if you handle the frog or get the poison in your mouth,” the National Park Service advised. 

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Minks On The Run

from WBNS 10TV

Some 10,000 mink loose, missing after vandalism at northwest Ohio farm

The Van Wert Sheriff’s Office said the suspects destroyed fencing and approximately 25,000-40,000 mink were released.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Vandalism freed thousands of mink at a rural northwest Ohio farm, leaving an estimated 10,000 of the small carnivorous mammals unaccounted for Tuesday evening, the local sheriff said.

So many minks were killed crossing a nearby road that a plow was brought in to help clear the carcasses away, said Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach.

The property owner initially estimated 25,000 to 40,000 mink were released from their cages at Lion Farms, Riggenbach said. But he said employees at the farm were able to corral many of the ones that remained on the property, which is less than 15 miles from the Indiana state line.

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