THE DIVERSITY OF MARCEL BROODTHAERS

Photo of the exhibition

 

 

Marcel Broodthaers (1924- 1976), a Belgian conceptual artist who based his work on research and new proposals, began his artistic career immersed in the world of literature and cinema, working as a journalist. At age 40 his vision changed and he dedicated his life to the creation of new plastic proposals.

 

Influenced by the surrealism and the experience of filmmaker that was acquiring throughout the years, Broodthaers, continued with its walk by the world of the art with found objects creating collages. Already in the final stretch of his career, he opted for large format works that longed for a space larger than the rooms of a museum.

 

 

Marcel Broodthaers installation

 

 

This retrospective analyzes the entire career of the artist with international colors. The diversity of trends is reflected in this sample of more than 300 pieces and the publication of an extensive catalog that can be found in Spanish and English. The curators Jean-François Chevrier, Thierry de Duve and Benjamin H. Buchloh, have colaborated in the editing of texts.

 

The curious thing about this exhibition is that not only has the MoMA contributed to the creation of this exhibition, such as the Tate Gallery in London, the National Gallery in Washington, the National Gallery of Scotland, the MACBA in Barcelona, ??or the Georges Center Pompidou of Paris, have left their pieces to carry out this great exhibition.

 

Marcel Broodthaers. No title. Triptych. Egg shells on three painted canvases. Image courtesy of Maria Gilissen Archives of Marcel Broodthaers

 

 

And not only the people who go to Madrid can enjoy it, was previously in New York in MoMa and in 2017 will end in The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (Germany), but you are still in time to visit it until September in the Sabatini Building . The curious thing about the experience is that we are facing an exhibition within another exhibition, as it addresses different disciplines and totally different manifestations.

 

 

Decorated. An achievement of Marcel Broodthaers (1975)

 

Broodthaers, reinvented himself as he did with the language of his works. He gave the objects a new meaning adapting them to the space where they cohabit between them. Many of the elements used by the artist are organic, giving special importance to eggshells or mussels (foods famous in the Belgian diet). This exhibition does not leave indifferent to the most curious.

 

 

 

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.