Marcel Broodthaers

Marcel Broodthaers was one of the most influential figures in 20th-century art. As soon as you think you have grasped his work, a new twist presents itself. This gives his oeuvre an inexhaustible depth. Even during his lifetime, the impact of his artistic practice was felt beyond the borders of his own country. He soon made his international breakthrough with work that forms a lasting legacy. It would be hard to overrate his role when it comes to thinking about art, its function and its history. His oeuvre provides the perfect means for reflection on the meaning of art and the institutions (including museums) in which it functions. These are the reasons why S.M.A.K. has given this artist a permanent space in the museum.


year and place of birth: 1924, Brussels, Belgium
whereabouts: Cologne, Germany

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