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MoMA Announces Marcel Broodthaers Retrospective for 2016

Marcel Broodthaers, Armoire blanche et table blanche (White Cabinet and White Table), 1965, painted cabinet, table, and eggshells. ©2015 ESTATE OF MARCEL BROODTHAERS/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/SABAM, BRUSSELS

Marcel Broodthaers, Armoire blanche et table blanche (White Cabinet and White Table), 1965, painted cabinet, table, and eggshells.

©2015 ESTATE OF MARCEL BROODTHAERS/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/SABAM, BRUSSELS

The Museum of Modern Art announced today that it will host New York’s first-ever Marcel Broodthaers museum retrospective, set to open on February 14, 2016. After it closes on May 15, 2016, the show will travel to the Reina Sofia (which will co-organize the show with MoMA) in October 2016 and Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in early 2017.

The exhibition will include over 200 works by the Belgian conceptual artist, who rose to fame during the late ’60s. (In 2011, Herman and Nicole Daled donated over 60 works by Broodthaers as part of a larger gift of Conceptual art, making it likely that some of the works in the exhibition are from MoMA’s permanent collection.) Notably, the retrospective will bring together objects from Broodthaers’ famed installation Musée d’Art Moderne. Département des Aigles (1968), for which the artist assembled images and objects related to eagles as a parody of exhibition practices.

In addition to his paintings, photographs, films, and sculptures, Broodthaers was known for his writings. MoMA will also publish a catalogue with new translations of Broodthaers’ texts.

Broodthers’ La Jardin d’hiver II is currently on view at the Venice Biennale, in Okwui Enwezor’s “All the World’s Futures.” Enwezor selected the work because it had to do with the global exchange of art and capital, which were also two of Broodthaers’ interests.

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