Marcel Broodthaers, ‘Arts and Words Series’, 1973, ARS/Art Resource

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

Group Shows

2000
Project Arts Centre, 
Dublin, Ireland,
Somewhere near Vada

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Hauser & Wirth at Frieze Masters 2017
2015
Michael Werner Gallery at Art Basel 2015
2015
Michael Werner Gallery at SP-Arte 2015