Graphic Works and Books
The dice fell already in 1945 when the Belgian surrealist, Réné Magritte, gave the young Marcel Broodthaers (1924 in Saint-Gilles, Belgium - 1976 in Cologne) a poem by the first avant-garde poet, Stéphane Mallarmé, the Coup de Dés (Throw of the Dice, 1897). In this encounter there is much of that which permeates the later part of Broodthaers’ work, particularly his entire graphic oeuvre that came about between 1964 and 1975. From his artistic model, Magritte, Broodthaers received with Mallarmé's work the imagery. From Magritte himself he adopted the visual poetry and took it further artistically. Broodthaers stands in time and style at the interface between classical modern art and contemporary art, and lays the foundation stones on which artists base themselves to the present day.