Marcel Broodthaers Exhibition in Istanbul

on Thursday, 04 September 2014. Posted in ---2014---, September

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AKBANK SANAT is hosting an exhibition titled 'Words, Things and Concepts,' showcasing works by Belgian poet, photographer, film-maker and artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976). Associated with the Groupe Surréaliste revolutionnaire, Broodthaers used diverse media to determine a relationship between objects and their perceived images, symbologies and meanings. The show, curated by Prof. Dr. Hasan Bülent Kahraman, will be on view from 25 September - 29 November.

Marcel Broodthaers Exhibition at Akbank Sanat Istanbul

Left: Marcel Broodthaers, Miroir d'Époque Regency (Regency Period Mirror), 1973
Middle: Marcel Broodthaers, Cathédrale, 1969
Right: Marcel Broodthaers, Bouteille de Lait (Milk Bottle), 1973
Photos: Dirk Pauwels © S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent


Born in 1924 in Brussels, Belgium, Broodthaers made his first film in 1957, and from 1967 he produced over 50 short films in documentary, narrative, and experimental styles.

Broodthaers worked principally with assemblies of found objects and collage, often containing written texts. He incorporated written language in his art and used whatever was at hand for his raw materials—most notably the shells of eggs and mussels, but also furniture, clothing, garden tools, household gadgets and reproductions of artworks.

He is associated with the late 20th century global spread of both installation art, as well as ‚institutional critique,’ in which interrelationships between artworks, the artist, and the museum are a focus.

From 1969 he mainly lived in Düsseldorf, Berlin and finally London. He died in Cologne in 1976.

Marcel Broodthaers Exhibition at Akbank Sanat Istanbul

Marcel Broodthaers, Le Pense Bête, 1964
Photo: Dirk Pauwels © S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent

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