The Exhibition

Marcel Broodthaers.
A retrospective

04 March – 11 June 2017
K21 Ständehaus

Marcel Broodthaers. A Retrospective presents a major overview of the multifaceted oeuvre of the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924 –1976), who formulated an idiosyncratic artistic position within the milieu of Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art. When he was 40 years old, Broodthaers turned from poetry toward visual arts, and soon received acclaim within Europe's avant-garde scene for his displays and cinematographic works, with their stringent criticism of institutions.

This exhibition, which includes more than 400 works in the most diverse genres and media, has been organized meticulously over a period of more than four years by The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. The show finishes in Düsseldorf, a city that did much to promote Broodthaers' brief but highly productive artistic career. Broodthaers not only lived in Düsseldorf (from 1970 – 1972), he also received, assimilated, and reciprocated decisive impulses from the local art scene, which was networked internationally to an optimal degree.

A number of works and exhibitions came to fruition in Düsseldorf, among them the legendary show "Section des Figures" (Section of Figures), organized in 1972 at the Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, and a component of Broodthaers’ principal work, the Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles (Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles) (1968 –1972).

This long-awaited retrospective of the works of Marcel Broodthaers initiates viewers into a fascinating aesthetic universe – one that regards poetry as a "disturbance of the world order" and an "indirect political question," and that advocates a radically open-ended and processual approach to interpreting art, and hence represents a contribution to an understanding of art that remains valid today.

Organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

The exhibition is organized by Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Manuel J. Borja-Villel, Director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía; with Francesca Wilmott, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

In K21, Düsseldorf, the show is curated by Doris Krystof. 

Installation view at the K21

photo: Achim Kukulies, © Estate of Marcel Broodthaers / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brüssel / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Installation view at the K21

photo (detail): Achim Kukulies, © Estate of Marcel Broodthaers / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brüssel / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Installation view at the K21

photo: Achim Kukulies, © Estate of Marcel Broodthaers / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brüssel / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Installation view at the K21

photo: Achim Kukulies, © Estate of Marcel Broodthaers / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brüssel / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

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Catalogue

Catalogue cover, Walther König Edition

Published to accompany the retrospective, the exhibition catalogue examines the artist’s work across all mediums and includes new translations of many of his texts: Marcel Broodthaers. A Retrospective. Edited by Christophe Cherix and Manuel J. Borja-Villel. With an interview by Maria Gilissen and Yola Minatchy. Text by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Jean-Francois Chévrier, Thierry de Duve, Doris Krystof, Cathleen Chaffee, Kim Conaty, Rafael García Horrillo, Christian Rattemeyer, Sam Sackeroff, Teresa Velázquez, Francesca Wilmott

German copy: Verlag Walther König, 350 pages, museum's edition 49,90 Euro
English copy: The Museum of Modern Art 2016 (ISBN 978-0-87070-962-3), $75-

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Exhibition's Opening

03 March 2017
K21 Ständehaus

Free entrance

6.15 p.m.
"L’Entrée de l’Exposition"

A discussion with the curators of the exhibition: Christophe Cherix, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Manuel J. Borja-Villel, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid,  moderated by Doris Krystof, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (conducted in English)

7 p.m.
Opening of the Exhibition

Greeting
Anette Kruszynski
Artistic Director of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (temporary)

Greeting
Martin Hoernes
General Secretary, Ernst von Siemens Foundation, Munich

Introduction
Maria Gilissen-Broodthaers and Doris Krystof, Curator

Installation view at the K21, photo: Achim Kukulies

Accompanying program

Futur 3 at the Schmela Haus, photo: Katja Illner

The exhibition will be accompanied by a wide-ranging program, including guided tours, lectures, interviews, seminars, and workshops.

Some of the talks at Futur 3 program series will be held in English language.

Please see the German version of this site for detailled information.