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Museum of Modern Art of Bologna opens Marcel Broodthaers. L’espace de l’écriture

The Museum of Modern Art of Bologna (MAMbo) presents Marcel Broodthaers. L’espace de l’écriture an exhibition on view January 26, 2012 – May 6, 2012.

Marcel Broodthaers La Salle Blanche, 1975 – 2003. Wood, photographs, bulb, painted inscriptions, rope, 390 x 336 x 658 cm. Exhibition copy from Estate Marcel Broodthaers stored at Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie.

Marcel Broodthaers (28 January 1924 – 28 January 1976) was a Belgian poet, filmmaker and artist with a highly literate and often witty approach to creating art works. He was born in Brussels, Belgium, where he was associated with the Groupe Surréaliste-revolutionnaire from 1945 and dabbled in journalism, film, and poetry. After spending 20 years in poverty as a struggling poet,[1] he performed the symbolic act of embedding fifty unsold copies of his book of poems Pense-Bête in plaster, creating his first art object. He worked principally with assemblies of found objects and collage, often containing written texts. His most noted work was an installation which began in his Brussels house which he called Musée d’Art Moderne, Départment des Aigles (1968). This installation was followed by a further eleven manifestations of the ‘museum’, including at the Düsseldorf Kunsthalle for an exhibition in 1970 and at documenta 5 in Kassel in 1972. For such works he is associated with the late 20th century global spread of both installation art, as well as “institutional critique,” in which interrelationships between artworks, the artist, and the museum are a focus. Broodthaers died in Cologne, Germany on his 52nd birthday. He’s buried at Ixelles Cemetery in Brussels under a tombstone of his own design.

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