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The definitive monograph on Marcel Broodthaers


Marcel Broodthaers filled his twelve-year artistic career with more ideas and works than most artists manage in a lifetime. This career began in 1964, following more than two decades labouring in some obscurity as a poet in the Belgian Surrealist circle of René Magritte and Paul Nougé. He also wrote articles on art during these years, including early critiques of Pop art.

Traversing media freely – from installation and sculpture to artist’s books, prints, film and writings – Broodthaers embodied the ‘post-media artist’ for whom any form could be recruited in the service of a larger conception. Those conceptions included institutional critique (of which he is a pioneer), art-historical critique, pastiche and philosophical-linguistic puzzles.

Edited by Broodthaers daughter Marie-Puck, the book includes a range of both classic and never-before-seen works, a biography, exhibition chronology and a selected bibliography.

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 30.7 x 25.6 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Publication date: 18 November 2013

ISBN: 9780500093801

About the Author

Marie-Puck Broodthaers is Marcel Broodthaers’ daughter. Bernard Marcadé is the author of several books on art theory, including an important biography of Marcel Duchamp.

Wilfried Dickhoff is a curator and the co-publisher of the journal Inaesthetics.

List of Contributors

Marie-Puck Broodthaers, Wilfried Dickhoff, Bernard Marcadé

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