Marcel Broodthaers retrospective at MNCARS Madrid

 

Art Madrid, for those dates will be overturned with news of the upcoming February issue and did not want to miss the opportunity to remember this artist, filmmaker and poet influenced by Surrealism.

 

 


The Belgian Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) was one of the best examples of Conceptual Art, Art of the idea and of evocation, pure visual poetry from Beuys and Duchamp and practiced, among others, and with great success by Yoko Ono.

 

 


He started his career as a poet, photographer and journalist but his critical and curious spirit soon called him on the way of creation. It was the beginning of the 1960s and artistic when institutions were facing the critical attitude of the creators who wanted to end "the ideology of art" and "the art become ideology". In this context Marcel Broodthaers start searching the limits of aesthetics in many ways, from its earliest objects with mussels and eggs until his "Fictitious Museum", the "Musée d'Art Moderne.Département des Aigles".

 

 

 

Broodthaers made his first film in 1957, and during the next 10 years produced more than 50 short films, documentaries, auteur pieces, experimental video, that presented him as a visual artist. Already in the 70s of the twentieth century he oriented his production to the object and collage was oriented, working almost compulsively with found materials, waste (egg shells and mussels, furniture, clothing, garden tools) and recontextualising them using the language as a tool.

 

As principal theme of his work, he always questioned the idea of ??artistic representation and the product of art, and subverts the concepts of signifier and signified as we know them, proposing new codes and new interpretations, as Magritte did before.

 

 

 

 


Now, MOMA / Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Reina Sofia Museum prepare for October 2016 one of the most complete retrospective dedicated to one of the most important artists on the international scene and a profound influence on contemporary artists. The exhibition is a journey through the many facets of the artist through 300 representative works of his work, accompanied by an extensive catalog.

 

 

Thirteen years have passed since its beginnings, and in all this time the Video Art Festival PROYECTOR has grown and consolidated its position as an essential event in this discipline. Since its inception, the initiative has tried to give visibility to a discipline that has always been relegated to the background in the usual exhibition circuits. Although video creation is not new, since it emerged by its own in the 60s of last century, the way to get to know it and enjoy it has not always been easy. On many occasions, the exhibitions only included a few isolated pieces within the main route, as if the video was the anecdotal contribution to the whole. However, our daily lives are invaded by moving images, and there is a paradox that video art, despite being a format of artistic expression very much in tune with the habits of today's society, remains a minority discipline

Frame from “Hel City”, by Gregorio Méndez Sáez, 2019

To some extent, PROYECTOR was born to reverse this situation, to value video as a creative format and to offer a wide, itinerant space to host a multitude of proposals, coming from inside and outside our borders. In this time, the growth of the festival has led it to travel the world, but also, to be a benchmark that each year arouses more interest. In the open call to receive proposals, they reach almost half a thousand, and a hundred works selected by the jury are a representative sample of different ways of understanding video creation, with pieces mainly from Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

In turn, PROYECTOR wants to be more than a video showcase and offers a large program with talks, workshops, masterclasses, meetings with artists, visits and concerts. A complete experience that always has the moving image as a backdrop.

El Instante Francisco Ruiz de Infante. El bosque que se mueve (errores de medida)

In this evolution, another circumstance stands out: video is a creative format that has its own codes, but it is also one of the disciplines most open to artistic hybridization and the widening of uses. The video may, therefore, be the genuine idea of an author who conceives an autonomous project to be carried out in this format, but it can also be the complementary result of an action or the documentary record of a previous performance being recorded to guarantee its survival. The versatility of the moving image and the potential that it has acquired in recent years allows us today to speak of numerous branches of art that focus on the fusion of languages and the integration of techniques and methodologies from other sectors, and in many of them, the video is still a cornerstone. So it is with technological art, interactive sound art, performance recording, the transformation from big data to image, artificial intelligence, and a long etcetera. Precisely for this reason, PROYECTOR offers a panoramic vision of this reality, with an extremely interesting program that plays with the variety and wealth of proposals.

Frame from “Herdança”, by Thiago Rocha Pitta, 2007

The 2020 edition will run from September 9th to 20th. As usual, the program displays in various venues throughout the city of Madrid, each of which will house a small section of the activities. This year the festival will count with the collaboration of the Casa Árabe, White Lab, Cruce, El Instante Fundación, ¡ésta es una PLAZA!, Extensión AVAM (Matadero Madrid), Institut Français de Madrid, Medialab Prado, Quinta del Sordo, Sala Alcalá 31, Sala El Águila, Secuencia de Inútiles and White Lab, in addition to the collaboration of the INELCOM Collection and the video art collection of Teresa Sapey.

The festival is also the ideal place to articulate the cultural fabric, since it involves numerous professionals in the sector, from curators to creators, from centres managers to critics and teachers. The 2020 program also has the collaboration of the FUSO Festival and the Museo Reina Sofía, which are providing some of their pieces for the exhibition.

In short, an appointment that lovers of contemporary art should not miss and that promises many novelties in this 13th edition.