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.

 

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.