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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EXTRA MUROS | Exhibition in Istanbul: ‘Words, Things, Concepts’25.09 until 29.11.2014
The Words, Things, Concepts exhibition, on the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers, has been on at the Akbank Sanat exhibition space in Istanbul since 25 September 2014.
Collection Study III: Art in Europe after 196813.09 until 15.03.2015
Starting in September, the S.M.A.K. is presenting an exhibition entitled Collection Study III: Art in Europe after 1968.
RE: Painted | 'Painting' from the collection25.01 until 27.04.2014
The ground floor at the S.M.A.K. is devoted to paintings from the museum's collection, highlighting not only the special characteristics and background to the collection but also the painting medium in relation to its current status in the arts.
ENSEMBLEMATIC15.09 until 10.02.2013
In ENSEMBLEMATIC, S.M.A.K. presents several of its most notable ensembles.
Het Broodthaerskabinet26.03 until 28.08.2011
Several years ago S.M.A.K. conceived a plan to provide a permanent place in the museum to display the works of art and documents of Marcel Broodthaers (Brussels, °1924 - Cologne, 1976) from its collection.
Faux Jumeaux 9 presented by Frank Maes16.06 until 16.08.2009
At the end of 2008 Michel François had received carte blanche from the S.M.A.K. to determine the exhibition programme in two galleries for more than a year.
Autour et au-delà Marcel Broodthaers Onomwonden14.09 until 25.01.2009
The museum has invited two students studying In Situ at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp to make a presentation of Marcel Broodthaers’ sculpture ‘Grande casserole de moules’.
Carte(s) Blanche(s) - Film presentation FRAC14.09 until 07.12.2008
Platform, which was founded in 2005, is the umbrella organisation comprising 19 FRAC’s spread all over France with the aim of making their collection accessible to a new and international public.
Presentation collection19.07 until 25.01.2009
A large number of new works have been acquired over the last few years and the collection also comprises several important donations and/or works permanently on loan.
Pense-Bête06.05 until 17.09.2006
Marcel Broodthaers is considered to be one of the most influential postwar Belgian artists. Although he started his career as a poet, he is also a sculptor, painter, curator and filmmaker.
We Humans are Free: From the Collection of S.M.A.K., Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent29.04 until 31.08.2006
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between the cities of Kanazawa and Ghent, about 70 works by 11 artists selected from the collection of S.M.A.K., are shown at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in ...