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picture of Armoire blanche et table blanche (White cabinet and white table). 1965
Marcel Broodthaers (Belgian, 1924–1976). Armoire blanche et table blanche (White cabinet and white table). 1965. Painted furniture with eggshells, cabinet: 33 7/8 × 32 1/4 × 24 1/2 in. (86 × 82 × 62 cm); table: 41 × 39 3/8 × 15 3/4 in. (104 × 100 × 40 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fractional and promised gift of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, 1992. © 2015 Estate of Marcel Broodthaers / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels

picture of Frites (Fries). 1966. Painted ceramic bowl with painted and charred wood
Marcel Broodthaers (Belgian, 1924–1976). Frites (Fries). 1966. Painted ceramic bowl with painted and charred wood, 9 7/16 × 9 7/16 × 8 11/16 in. (24 × 24 × 22 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Partial gift of the Daled Collection and partial purchase through the generosity of Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Agnes Gund, Marie Josée and Henry R. Kravis, and Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, 2011. © 2015 Estate of Marcel Broodthaers / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels

picture of Pense-Bête (Memory aid). 1964
Marcel Broodthaers (Belgian, 1924–1976). Pense-Bête (Memory aid). 1964. Books, paper, plaster, plastic balls on wood base, without base: 11 13/16 × 33 1/4 × 16 15/16 in. (30 × 84.5 × 43 cm). Collection Flemish Community, long-term loan S.M.A.K.© 2015 Estate of Marcel Broodthaers / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels

" Marcel Broodthaers"

The Museum of Modern Art

The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor

February 14, 2016–May 15, 2016

The Museum of Modern Art announces Marcel Broodthaers, the artist’s first museum retrospective in New York, from February 14 to May 15, 2016. Br inging together some 200 works in multiple mediums, the exhibition explore s the artist’s critical if under - recognized place in the history of 20th - century art. Marcel Broodthaers is organized by MoMA and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCAR S) in Madrid , in close consultation with the artist’s Estate in Brussels . It is organized by Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints at MoMA, and Manuel Borja - Villel, Director of MNCARS, with Francesca Wilmott, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA. The exhibition will travel to MNCARS in October 2016 and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein - Westfalen (KNW), Düsseldorf, in early 2017.

Marcel Broodthaers’s (Belgian, 1924 – 1976) e xtraordinary output across mediums placed him at the center of inte rnational activity during the transformative decades of the 1960s and 1970s. Setting a precedent for what we call installation art today, his work has had a profound influence on a broad range of contemporary artists, and he remains vitally relevant to cul tural discourse at large. Throughout his career, from early objects variously made of mussels, eggshells, and books of his own poetry ; to his most ambitious project, the Musée d’Art Moderne. Département des Aigles ; and the retrospective Décors , made at the end of his life, Broodthaers occupied a unique position, often operating as both innovator and commentator. The exhibition will consider the artist with these lasting contributions in mind

Hiroji Kubota was introduced to the dye-transfer printing process at the urging of a friend in the late 1980s. This costly and complicated process used to create high-quality multi-color materials for print advertising was mostly phased out by the 1960s, except for a few printers who continued to use it for photographic art. One of those printers, Nino Mondhe—who printed for Irving Penn and Harry Callahan—was known for using twelve colors instead of the traditional three. Kubota, dazzled by the spectrum of vibrant color Mondhe achieved, produced fifty-five prints and two triptychs with the master printer over a twenty-year period, until the materials ran out and Mondhe eventually closed his studio. This exhibition offers an extraordinary opportunity to view Kubota’s collection of color images produced with a rarely used technique that is impossible to duplicate today.

Beginning with some of the lesser-known moments in the artist’s career, Marcel Broodthaers will explore early photographs, poetry, and films, as well as the first objects that marked Broodthaers’s transition to the visual arts. Attention will be given to the issues of reproduction, circulation, and repetition of images that Broodthaers investigated in the mid-1960s, in parallel to the developments of Nouveau Réalisme, Pop, and Conceptual art. In the late 1960s, Broodthaers staged several exhibitions that engaged his literary past through direct dialogue—both verbal and visual—with Jean de La Fontaine (1621–1695) and Stéphane Mallarmé (1842–1898), two authors whose work held particular significance to the artist. Objects featured in Le Corbeau et le Renard (Wide White Space Gallery, Antwerp, 1968) and Exposition littéraire autour de Mallarmé: Marcel Broodthaers à la Debliou-debliou/S (Wide White Space Gallery, Antwerp, 1969) will again be brought together to examine this key moment in Broodthaers’s development.

A significant area of focus will be Broodthaers’s creation of the Musée d’Art Moderne. Département des Aigles and the works central to its 12 sections. The exhibition will also explore Broodthaers’s renewed interest in painting and his preoccupation with social and political concerns during the early 1970s. The exhibition will conclude by examining the retrospective displays that Broodthaers coordinated of his own work, and the various Décors that he produced during his last years. Drawing on the expertise of co-organizer Manuel Borja-Villel (curator of Marcel Broodthaers Cinéma, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, 1997), the artist’s films will be well represented throughout the exhibition, integrated into his oeuvre as the artist intended. Independent film screening nights are also planned in conjunction with the Department of Film.

In 2011, MoMA acquired the Herman and Nicole Daled Collection, one of the defining collections of American and European Conceptual art of the late 1960s and 1970s. The collection came to MoMA with an unparalleled grouping of over 60 works by Broodthaers and a rich archive of rarely seen ephemera and photographs, making New York a new center for the presentation and study of the artist’s work.

A comprehensive exhibition catalogue of approximately 350 pages will include original essays by the exhibition’s organizers Christophe Cherix and Manuel Borja-Villel, along with a host of major scholars, including Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Thierry de Duve, and Jean-François Chevrier. It will also include newly commissioned translations of many of Broodthaers’s texts. Chapters will be organized chronologically and thematically, and will include plates sections with introductory texts by several contributors; an exhibition history and bibliography will round out the volume.

Source taken from www.moma.org

picture of Maria. 1966
Marcel Broodthaers (Belgian, 1924–1976). Maria. 1966. Dress, hanger, and printed shopping bag with eggshells on painted canvas, 44 1/8 × 39 3/8 × 4 3/4 in. (112 × 100 × 12 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Herman J. Daled, 2011. © 2015 Estate of Marcel Broodthaers / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels
picture of I, too, wondered whether I could not sell something and succeed in life . . .) 1964
Marcel Broodthaers (Belgian, 1924–1976). Moi aussi, je me suis demandé si je ne pouvais pas vendre quelque chose et réussir dans la vie . . . (I, too, wondered whether I could not sell something and succeed in life . . .). 1964. Letterpress on magazine page, unfolded sheet: 9 15/16 × 13 1/4 in. (25.2 × 33.6 cm). Publisher: Marcel Broodthaers. Printer: Henri Kumps, Brussels. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Prints and Illustrated Books Fund, 2013. © 2015 Estate of Marcel Broodthaers / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels

picture of Véritablement (Truly). 1968. Photographic canvas
Marcel Broodthaers (Belgian, 1924–1976). Véritablement (Truly). 1968. Photographic canvas, 30 1/2 × 48 7/16 in. (75.5 × 123 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Partial gift of the Daled Collection and partial purchase through the generosity of Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Agnes Gund, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, and Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, 2011. © 2015 Estate of Marcel Broodthaers / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels