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ITALY. BELGIUM. The first complete retrospective in Italy devoted to the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers
26/01/2012 11:10:13

From 26 January to 6 May 2012 the Mambo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna presents Marcel Broodthaers. L’espace de l’écriture, the first complete retrospective in Italy devoted to the Belgian artist, curated by Gloria Moure.

Marcel Broodthaers is one of the most revolutionary and influential figures in the art of the 20th century, and is still indispensable today if we are to understand the development of the artistic and theoretical research of recent decades. His constructive and ironic criticism of the art system as a specific ideological system and the political role of the artist in society has posed questions that are increasingly central in the international critical debate, revealing the forceful topicality of his experimentations intended to explore and redefine the meaning of artistic creation.

In its complexity and scope, the exhibition with which the Mambo renders homage to the genius of Marcel Broodthaers highlights an artistic path developed over the course of an extraordinary career that lasted just 12 years, from 1964 to 1976. Marcel Broodthaers. L’espace de l’écriture introduces for the first time to the Italian public a wide selection of approximately fifty works coming from prestigious international institutions, which document the main themes of the artist’s poetics: the relationship between art and language, the status of the artwork and criticism of the museum as device and idea.

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