Marcel Broodthaers

Marcel Broodthaers, Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, 1968-69

Marcel Broodthaers (1924–1976) was a Belgian writer, critic, artist and filmmaker. After studying chemistry and years of financial struggle working as a poet and journalist, in 1964 he decided to become an artist and invested fifty unsold copies of one of his poetry books, Pense-Bête, in plaster to create his first sculpture. That same year, the statement he wrote for his exhibition at Galerie Saint-Laurent is Brussels reveals to his wryly detached position that will be symptomatic his entire career:


Lettre Ouverte
Das Recht
a) A Voyage on the North Sea b) Un Voyage en Mer du Nord c) Eine Reise auf der Nordsee
Atomium (Detail)
Sylvie, Tochter des Künstlers
G. Mathieu
Untitled (camel with palm tree and pyramid)