|The retrospective of Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers, at MoMa, is an exhibition that brings together some 200 works in multiple mediums, exploring the artist’s critical role in the history of 20th century art. Giving shape to what we call installation art today, his work has had a profound influence on a huge range of contemporary artists, and he remains extremely relevant to the cultural context.
Throughout his career, from early objects variously made of mussels, eggshells, and books of his own poetry, to his most ambitious project, the Musée d’Art Moderne, Broodthaers occupied a unique position in the art world, as both innovator and commentator. The exhibition creates a complete itinerary throughout Marcel’s artistic career
|It begins with some of the lesser-known works, exploring the issues of reproduction, circulation, and repetition of images that Broodthaers investigated in the mid- 1960s, in parallel to developments of Nouveau Réalisme, Pop, and Conceptual art. Attention is given to relevant collaborations with Jean de La Fontaine (1621–1695) and Stéphane Mallarmé (1842–1898), two authors whose work held particular significance to the artist.
This MoMA experience concludes with an examination of the retrospective displays that Broodthaers coordinated of his own work, and the various Décors that he produced during his last years.