Marcel Broodthaers in Brussels: a research exhibition, infographic, and popular book

01 June 2023 → 31 May 2024
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Architectural history and theory
    • History of art
    • Sculpture
Marcel Broodthaers Brussels Art and the city
Project description

Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) is the most important artist in postwar Belgium. His works including mussels, bricks or coal and his fictional museum, Musée d'art moderne (1968-72), are internationally recognized. Yet little is known about Broodthaers' relationship to the historical and geographical context of Brussels, the city where he grew up, lived and worked until 1969. Coinciding with the celebrations of the artist’s 100th anniversary in 2024, this project disseminates groundbreaking research about that relation by way of an exhibition, graphic map, and book. Intensive research in archives and institutions in Belgium and abroad brought new and revealing elements to light, from Broodthaers' urban photography and works alluding to buildings in Brussels, to his relationships with architects. A wide and expert audience comes into contact with a new and expanded understanding of Broodthaers' work and oeuvre, in which architecture and urban developments find their place as well.