The Reina Sofía Museum in conjunction with the New York Museum of Modern Art present the most comprehensive retrospective devoted to the Belgian artist, Marcel Broodthaers (Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium, 1924 - Cologne, Germany, 1976), one of the most important visual artists on the international scene and one of the most influential for numerous contemporary artists.
The exhibition spans the multiple sides of this artist through the selection of around 300 works representing his artistic practice. Alongside this, an extensive catalogue will be published in Spanish and English editions, featuring texts by curators and art historians, such as Jean-François Chevrier, Thierry de Duve and Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, as well as a selection of chapters devoted to different parts of the Belgian artist’s work.
Broodthaers’ artistic work, belonging to conceptual art and influenced by literature and surrealism, has positioned him as one of the most representative artists of the 1960s and 1970s. He began working as a poet, newspaper critic and photographer and ended up working as a visual artist from 1964. His work shows his interest in responding to the basic questions of plastic arts.
Throughout his career, the Belgian artist has stood out for his unique way of understanding art, proving to be radical towards the traditional focuses on poetry, film, books or exhibitions, expressing his personal viewpoint of pop art and conceptual art.
Marcel Broodthaers. Publicity Section from the Modern Art Museum. Department of Eagles. 1972 Installation. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen