Marcel Broodthaers
Edited by Manuel Borja-Villel, Michael Compton

Essays by Bruce Jenkis and Jean-Christophe Royoux.


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Marcel Broodthaers’ influence has been wide-spreading and remains so today. Nor by chance has his work often constituted an open and fervent homage to Kurt Schwitters and René Magritte. Using images from the cinema –which he treated primarily as a structure for expression- he achieved a totality of spaces, things, objects, words and audiences interlaced from somewhat distanced and ironic poetics that did not hide drama but exalted it.

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The exhibition organized by the Fundació Antoni Tàpies presented the work of Marcel Broodthaers in the two aspects conceived by the artist: cinema itself and cinema as an exhibition. Thus, the spaces of the Fundació became auditoriums where a wide selection of Broodthaerian filmography was projected, and at the same time, they were exhibition rooms that showed the installations and objects used by Broodthaers in the context of his films. With the exhibition and the catalog, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies provided new instruments to delve into the trajectory of this artist, from his first works to his larger initiatives, such as the Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, and his Décors.

Former director of the Antoni Tàpies Foundation in Barcelona from its opening in June 1990 until July 1998, Manuel Borja-Villel was also director of the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and, since January 2008, he is director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.


Last copy

331 pages, 318 illustrations
Paperback, 23.5x28.5 cm
Fundació Antoni Tàpies, 1st edition 1997
ISBN 9788488786173