Marcel Broodthaers, ‘Armoire blanche et table blanche (White cabinet and white table)’, 1965, The Museum of Modern Art

Collection: The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

"Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective"

Venue: Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016)

Fractional and promised gift of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, 1992.

About Marcel Broodthaers

Poet, filmmaker, and artist Marcel Broodthaers used his practice to make incisive political statements and critique art institutions. In one of his most famous works, Broodthaers mounted an exhibition as a single work titled Musée d’Art Moderne (1968). The piece included hundreds of readymade and fabricated objects, each labeled with the words “This is not a work of art,” a homage to his biggest influences, Marcel Duchamp and René Magritte. In fact, Magritte once gave Broodthaers a copy of Stéphane Mallarmé’s Un Coup de Des, which would become an instrumental source of inspiration for the artist. Broodthaers’ practice is based on re-appropriation and re-presentation of other artists’ work, and is often described by critics and historians as wry, witty, and rebellious. His short active career spanned only 12 years.

Belgian, 1924-1976, Brussels, Belgium