Marcel Broodthaers  (Belgian, 1924-1976) 

As a painter, sculptor, print maker, poet, and filmmaker, Marcel Broodthaers (Belgian, 1924–1976) was an influential artist across a variety of disciplines and media. Beginning in 1964, he approached visual art with a somewhat sarcastic and subversive attitude, originally treating it as a kind of ironic, comical venture. However, having been featured in more than 70 solo exhibitions, Broodthaers established an artistic strategy of far-reaching influence. By borrowing methods from Pop Art and Conceptual Art, among other genres and movements, Broodthaers was able to appropriate them for his own artistic objectives. Incorporating themes of satire, metonymy, and tautology, his work is playfully cerebral. One of his well-known works, Casserole and Closed Mussels (1965), was crafted from found objects, such as household items, eggshells, and, as the title indicates, mussels, and conveys the sense of tension between poverty and the mass production and consumption associated with big business and capitalism. Additionally, Broodthaers created a series of temporary exhibitions or installations known as Décors, for which he is best known. His innovative use of all types of materials and media solidified his legacy as an artist who successfully demonstrated the intertwining of art, media, and culture.

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Marcel Broodthaers, The Manuscript found in a Bottle


Marcel Broodthaers
The Manuscript found in a Bottle

Auction: May 3, 2014
Dr. Andreas Sturies
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Marcel Broodthaers, Installation view: Collection of graphic works and books, Palma


Marcel Broodthaers
Installation view: Collection of graphic works and books, Palma

Kewenig Galerie
Marcel Broodthaers, Installation view: Collection of graphic works and books, Palma


Marcel Broodthaers
Installation view: Collection of graphic works and books, Palma

Kewenig Galerie
Marcel Broodthaers, Installation view: Collection of graphic works and books, Palma


Marcel Broodthaers
Installation view: Collection of graphic works and books, Palma

Kewenig Galerie
Marcel Broodthaers, Installation view: Collection of graphic works and books, Palma


Marcel Broodthaers
Installation view: Collection of graphic works and books, Palma

Kewenig Galerie
Marcel Broodthaers, Self-portrait


Marcel Broodthaers

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Marcel Broodthaers, MB MB MB


Marcel Broodthaers

Michael Werner Gallery
Marcel Broodthaers, Les Portes


Marcel Broodthaers
Les Portes

Michael Werner Gallery
Marcel Broodthaers, Le monde 21 juin


Marcel Broodthaers
Le monde 21 juin

Galerie Michael Werner
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Marcel Broodthaers, Ohne Titel


Marcel Broodthaers
Ohne Titel, 1974
offset print


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Marcel Broodthaers, Eisenbahnüberfall


Marcel Broodthaers
Eisenbahnüberfall, 1972
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Marcel Broodthaers, Pots avec visages (in 9 parts)


Marcel Broodthaers
Pots avec visages (in 9 parts), 1966
glass jars w/printed paper and rubber band


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1924   Born January 28 in Brussels
1945   First known publication of poems
1947   Cosignatory of the Belgian Surrealist manifesto "Pas de quartiers dans la revolution"; Works as freelance writer in Brussels, deals in antiquarian books
1957   Publication of his first poetry book "Mon livre d'Ogre" and the first film "La Clef de l'Horloge, un poème cinematographique" (in honor of Kurt Schwitters)
1962 - 1963   Moves to Paris, works as a freelance journalist, returns to Brussels
1964   Creates first objects using mussels, eggshells, black coal, bricks et al; In the following years, other publications and expansion of his artistic work on several media like film, photography, audiotapes and slides
1967   Film "Le Corbeau et le Renard"
1968   Starts a series of prints from vacuum-shaped plastic
1969   Foundation of the "Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles" in his home, Rue de la Pépinière, Brussels. Presentation of several sections of the "Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles" as discussion of the term museum and its function
1970   Moves to Duesseldorf
1972   Last section and ending of the "Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles" as contribution to documenta 5 in Kassel
1973   Moves to London
1974 - 1975   Stay in Berlin in the context of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service); Between september 1974 and october 1975 series of six big solo exhibitions, where Broodthaers specifies and sums up his concept of art/work
1976   Marcel Broodthaers dies on January 28 in Cologne
2010   Marcel Broodthaers. Section Cinéma, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA
2009   1968. Die große Unschuld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (group)
2009   Matthew Brannon, Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, William E. Jones, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
2008   Marcel Broodthaers, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK
2008   Serial Works on Paper, “Series Drawings”, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
2008   Marcel Broodthaers, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, “Ombres”, New Galerie de France, Paris
2007   Décor – A conquest by Marcel Broodthaers, Michael Werner. Une saison à Paris 2007, Galerie de France, Paris and Michael Werner Gallery, New York
2003   Marcel Broodthaers, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur der Stadtsparkasse Köln
2003   Marcel Broodthaers, Kunsthalle Wien
2001   Marcel Broodthaers, Palais des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles, Brüssel
1999   Marcel Broodthaers. Das Gesamtwerk der Graphik und Bücher, Galerie Michael Werner, Köln
1997   Marcel Broodthaers. Cinéma, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, (weiter nach Düsseldorf)
1997   Marcel Broodthaers: En lisant la Lorelei, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Genf
1997   Marcel Broodthaers. Cinéma, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, (Folge aus Düsseldorf, weiter nach Berlin)
1993   Marcel Broodthaers - Diawerken: 'Projection', 1971, 'Images d'Epinal', 1974, van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
1992   Marcel Broodthaers, Kunstraum München e.V., München
1992   Institute of Contemporary Art, London
1992   Marcel Broodthaers. Slide projections, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum
1992   Marcel Broodthaers. Complete Prints and Multiples, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
1989   DAAD Galerie. Berlin, "Marcel Broodthaers - Le Cadran S(c)olaire. Édition des Amateurs, Berlin 1974"
1989   Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, "Marcel Broodthaers" (Wanderausstellung: Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brüssel)
1988   Galerie Watari, Tokio, "Marcel Broodthaers"
1987   Florizoone Fine Art, Nieuwpoort
1987   Le Cadre Gallery, Hong Kong
1987   Marcel Broodthaers in Zuid-Limburg. Foto's 1961 – 1970, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
1985   Galerie der Stadt Linz; Wolfgang-Gurlitt-Museum, Linz, "Marcel Broodthaers: Fotografische Bildnisse"
1985   Oesterreichisches Fotoarchiv, Museum Moderner Kunst, Wien
1985   Kulturhaus der Stadt Graz, Graz
1982   Kunsthalle Bern
1981   Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam
1981   Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brüssel
1980   Wallraf-Richartz-Museum/Museum Ludwig, Köln
1979   Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent
1979   Kunstverein Hamburg
1978   Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
1977   The Tate Gallery, London
1975   Nationalgalerie Berlin
1975   Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
1975   Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
1975   Centre National d'Art et de Culture, Paris
1974   Petersburg Press, London
1974   Palais des Beaux-Arts und Cinéma d'Arensburg, Brüssel
1974   Kunstmuseum Basel
1973   Galerie Francoise Lambert, Mailand
1970   1. Exposition littéraire et musicale autour de Mallarmé, 2. Carte politique du Monde, Galerie Michael Werner, Köln
1969   Galerie Michael Werner, Köln
1968   Wide White Space Gallery, Antwerpen
1968   Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Köln
1967   Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brüssel
1964   Galerie Saint-Laurent, Brüssel
1964   Galerie Smith, Brüssel
1964   Parc du Mont des Arts, Brüssel