Marcel Broodthaers

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Marcel Broodthaers in Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 1972.
Born January 28, 1924(1924-01-28)
Brussels, Belgium
Died January 28, 1976(1976-01-28) (aged 52)
Brussels, Belgium
Collections Pompidou, MoMA, Macba
Web UbuWeb Film, UbuWeb Sound, Aaaaarg, Wikipedia
L-R: Johannes Cladders, Harald Szeemann, Jacques Caumont and Marcel Broodthaers at Documenta 5, Kassel, 1972.
Un coup de Dés jamais n’abolira le Hasard, 1969, Log, PDF.
Un voyage en mer du nord, 1974, Log, PDF.

Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) worked as a poet and critic until the age of 40, when he declared himself a visual artist. Over the next 12 years, he moved between Brussels, his birth city, and Düsseldorf and London. From 1968 to 1972 Broodthaers operated the Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, an itinerant museum devoted to the exploration of the role of the institution itself and the function of art in society.



  • Mon livre d'ogre. Suite de récits poétiques, Ostend: À l'Enseigne de l'Arquebuse du Silence, 1957, 44 pp. (French)
  • Minuit, Brussels: George Houyoux, 1960, 24 pp. (French)
  • La bête noire, Brussels, 1961, 16 pp. (French)
  • Pense-bête, Brussels, 1964, 32 pp. (French)
  • Je m'en lave les mains, Zurich: Seedorn, 1982. (French)
  • Statues de Bruxelles, Brussels: Amis du Musee d'Ixelles, 1987. With photographs by Julien Coulommier. (French)


Sound recordings[edit]

Artist's books[edit]




Conceived and edited in collaboration with Broodthaers
  • Moules Oeufs Frites Pots Charbon, Antwerp: Wide White Space Gallery, 1966. Exh. held 26 May-26 Jun 1966. (French)
  • Le Court-Circuit, Brussels: Palais des Beaux-Arts, 1967. Exh. held 13-25 Apr 1967. (French)
  • MTL-DTH, Brussels: Galerie MTL, 1970. Exh. held 13 Mar-10 Apr 1970. (French)
  • Film als Objekt. Objekt als Film, Moenchengladbach: Stadtisches Museum, 1972. Exh. held 21 Oct-7 Nov 1972. (German)
  • Section des Figures (Der Adler vom Oligozaen bis Heute), 2 vols., Düsseldorf: Städtische Kunsthalle, 1972. Texts by Broodthaers, Juergen Harten, Michael Oppitz, and Karl Ruhrberg. Exh. held 16 May-9 Jul 1972. (German)
  • Marcel Broodthaers: Catalogue / Catalogus, Brussels: Palais des Beaux-Arts, 1974. Exh. held 27 Sep-3 Nov 1974.
  • Eloge du sujet, Basel: Kunstmuseum, 1974. Exh. held 5 Oct-3 Nov 1974. (German)
  • Invitation pour une exposition bourgeoise, Berlin: Nationalgalerie, 1975. Exh. held 25 Feb-6 Apr 1975. (German)
  • Le privilège de l'art, Oxford: Museum of Modern Art, 1975. Exh. held 26 Apr-1 Jun 1975. (English)
  • L'Angélus de Daumier, 2 vols., intro. Pontus Hultén, Paris: Centre national d'art contemporain, 1975, [32]+[32] pp. Exh. held 2 Oct-10 Nov 1975. [3] (French)
Published posthumously
  • A Programme of Films by Marcel Broodthaers, London: Tate Gallery, 1977. Exh. held 9-18 Feb 1977. (English)
  • Marcel Broodthaers. Books Editions Films, Edinburgh: New 57 Gallery, August 15-September 10, 1977. (English)
  • Marcel Broodthaers. Editionen (1964-1975), Munich: Galerie Heiner Friedrich, 1978. (German)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, London: Tate Gallery, 1980. Texts by Alan Bowness, Michael Compton, Maria Gilissen, Pontus Hultén, and Barbara M. Reise. Exh. held 16 Apr-26 May 1980. (English)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, Cologne: Galerie Michael Werner, 1980. Exh. held 3 Oct-5 Nov 1980. (German)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, Cologne: Museum Ludwig, 1980. Exh. held 4 Oct-26 Nov 1980. (German)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, Rotterdam: Museum Boymans van Beuningen, 1981. Exh. held 14 Feb-22 Mar 1981. (Dutch)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, Bern: Kunsthalle, 1982. Exh. held 30 Jan-14 Mar 1982. (German)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, Stockholm: Moderna Museet, 1982. Exh. held 15 May-27 Jun 1982.
  • Marcel Broodthaers. Catalogue des livres / Catalogue of Books / Katalog der Buecher: 1957-1975, Cologne: Galerie Michael Werner, and New York: Marian Goodman Gallery, and Paris: Galerie Gillespie, Laage, Salomon, 1982. (French)/(English)/(German)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, Paris: Galerie Isy Brachot, 1982. Exh. held 3 Nov 1982-8 Jan 1983. (French)
  • Marcel Broodthaers. L'Entrée de l'exposition, Cologne: Galerie Michael Werner, 1984. Exh. held 27 Sep-Oct 1984.
  • Marcel Broodthaers, New York: Marian Goodman Gallery, 1984. Exh. held 1-24 Nov 1984. (English)
  • Marcel Broodthaers. Fotografische Bildnisse, Linz: Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, n.d. (German)
  • Marcel Broodthaers. Oeuvres majeures provenant d'une collection privee & Anvers, vol. I, Brussels: Yves Gevaert, 1984. (French)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, New York: Mary Boone/Michael Werner Gallery, 1984. (English)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, Antwerp: Galerij BBL, 1985. Exh. held 10 Jan-16 Feb 1985. (French)
  • Marcel Broodthaers. Oeuvres majeures, provenant d'une collection privee a Anvers, vol. II, Brussels: Yves Gevaert, 1986. (French)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, New York: Marian Goodman Gallery, 1986. (English)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, Cologne: Galerie Michael Werner, 1986. (German)
  • Marcel Broodthaers Editions. Books-Films-Plastic Plates-Objects-Prints, Nieuwpoort: Florizoone Fine Arts, 1987. (English)
  • Broodthaers, Paris and Brussels: Galerie Isy Brachot, 1987. (French)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, intro. Marge Goldwater, Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, and New York: Rizzoli, 1989. Texts by Michael Compton, Douglas Crimp, Bruce Jenkins, and Martin Mosebach. (English)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, Paris: Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, 1991. Texts by Catherine David and Birgit Pelzer; biography by Michael Compton. (French)
  • Section Publicite du Musee d'Art Moderne, Departement des Aigles, Marcel Broodthaers, eds. Benjamin H.D. Buchloh and Maria Gilissen, New York: Marian Goodman Gallery, 1995. Text by Buchloh. (English)
  • Marcel Broodthaers: Cinema, eds. Manuel J. Boija-Villel and Michael Compton with Maria Gilissen, intro. Gloria Moure, Santiago de Compostela: Centra Galego de Arte Contemporanea, 1997. Texts by Bruce Jenkins and Jean-Christophe Royoux; artist's writings.
  • Marcel Broodthaers, ed. Marie-Puck Broodthaers, Tielt: Lannoo, 2013, 320 pp. With texts by Wilfried Dickhoff and Bernard Marcadé. Excerpt. [4] (Dutch)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, ed. Susanne Pfeffer, Kassel: Fridericianum, 2015, 38 pp. Texts by Ann-Charlotte Günzel, Anna Sailer, Nina Tabassomi, Anna Weinreich. (English)
  • Marcel Broodthaers, eds. Christophe Cherix and Manuel J. Borja-Villel, New York: Museum of Modern Art, and Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2016, 351 pp. Excerpt. Essays by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Jean-François Chevrier, Thierry de Duve, and Doris Krystof. Retrospective exh. held at MoMA, 14 Feb-15 May 2016; Reina Sofia, 5 Oct 2016-9 Jan 2017; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 4 Mar-11 Jun 2017. Review: Tinari (Seen). [5] [6] [7] (English)
  • Marcel Broodthaers. A Retrospective, Düsseldorf: Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2017, 51 pp. Exh. booklet. (English)


  • Jürgen Harten, Katharina Schmidt, "Auszug aus einem Gespräch mit Marcel Broodthaers", in Broodthaers, Section des Figures, Düsseldorf: Städtische Kunsthalle, 1972. (German)
  • "Interview de Marcel Broodthaers", Trépied 1, Brussels, 1968, pp 4-5. (French)
  • Irmeline Lebeer, "Dix mille francs de recompense", in Marcel Broodthaers: Catalogue / Catalogus, Brussels: Palais des Beaux-Arts, 1974, pp 64-68. (French)



  • Rosalind Krauss, A Voyage on the North Sea: Art in the Age of the Post-Medium Condition, London: Thames & Hudson, 2000, 64 pp. Based on the 1999 Walter Neurath Memorial Lecture. (English)
    • "A voyage on the North Sea": Broodthaers, das Postmediale, trans. Sabine Schulz, Zürich: diaphanes, 2008, 87 pp. (German)
  • Philippe Antoine, Marcel Broodthaers. Moule - Muse - Méduse: un essai critique en sept coups, Dijon: Les Presses du Réel, 2006. [8] (French)
  • Deborah Schultz, Marcel Broodthaers: Strategy and Dialogue, Bern: Peter Lang, 2007. TOC. (English)
  • Rachel Haidu, The Absence of Work: Marcel Broodthaers, 1964-1976, MIT Press, 2010, 400 pp. [9] (English)

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