The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museo Reina Sofía have organised one of the most comprehensive retrospectives devoted to Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924–1976). His remarkable output in the 1960s and 1970s established him as one of the most important artists on the international scene, and one of the most influential for numerous contemporary artists from that time to the present day. Following his initial work as a poet, journalist and photographer, in 1964 Marcel Broodthaers decided to become a visual artist, and from that moment on a response to the basic questions in plastic arts can be discerned across his work as he questioned the idea of representation and the production of meaning through the use of existing knowledge systems.
Throughout his career, from the early objects made from mussels and eggs to the subsequent fictitious museum, the Musée d’Art Moderne. Département des Aigles, or the retrospective Décor. A Conquest by Marcel Broodthaers, unveiled in 1975 in the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Broodthaers always occupied a unique place in the art world. By way of a radical approach to traditional focuses on poetry, film, books and exhibitions, the artist found his own path for expressing his personal viewpoint in the burgeoning years of Pop Art and Conceptual Art, as well as creating a whole structure centred on institutional critique.
The exhibition, which spans the multiple sides of the artist via the selection of around 300 works representing his artistic practice, is joined by the publication of an extensive catalogue, with both Spanish and English editions, featuring texts by curators and art historians such as Jean-François Chevrier, Thierry de Duve and Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, in addition to a selection of chapters devoted to different parts of the Belgian artist’s work.
Museum of Modern Art, New York (February 9 - May 15, 2016); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2017)
Due to the extremely fragile nature of the artworks on display, photography is prohibited. We also ask that the capacity of each gallery space be respected at all times
Collection artworks included in the exhibition
Reina Sofia Museum's Publications
11 November, 2020 - 1 March, 2021
Mondrian and De Stijl
22 October, 2020 - 4 April, 2021
From North to South, Rhythms
14 October, 2020 - 11 January, 2021
Sound Experimentation 1980-2020
7 October, 2020 - 26 April, 2021
Niño de Elche
Invisible Auto Sacramental: A Sonic Representation from Val del Omar
23 September, 2020 - 1 March, 2021
Art in Sound up to 1980
29 July, 2020 - 11 January, 2021
Our Memory Is Being Stolen
17 July, 2020 - 28 February, 2021
To a raven and hurricanes that from unknown places bring back smells of humans in love
25 September 2020 – 5 February 2021
What Are We Doing Here?
Alternative Spaces in Madrid at the Turn of the CenturyMuestras documentales, Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación