Marcel Broodthaers

1924 · Belgium

Artist biography

Marcel Broodthaers is an established contemporary artist, who originates from Belgium. Marcel Broodthaers was born in 1924. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Marcel Broodthaers, Pierre Alechinsky and Jean-Michel Folon.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Marcel Broodthaers' work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in Switzerland, France, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Marian Goodman Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, Marian Goodman Gallery | Paris in France, and Galerie Knoell in Switzerland. Marcel Broodthaers' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition AKTION: CONCEPTUAL ART & PHOTOGRAPHY (1960 – 1980), at Richard Saltoun Gallery in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 13 July 2018 until 25 August 2018. Marcel Broodthaers' other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row in the United Kingdom (27 September 2017 - 18 November 2017) with the name Un Jardin d’Hiver and Meessen De Clercq in Belgium (07 September 2018 - 06 October 2018) with the name The Unending Gift. Marcel Broodthaers' first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Un Jardin d’Hiver and took place at Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row in the United Kingdom from the 27 September 2017 to 18 November 2017.

Historical Context of Belgium

During the 1930s, Belgian art was to play a essential role in Surrealism, especially through the work of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Other significant Belgian artists of the twentieth century include Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans. In the late nineteenth century, as the era of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was an integral hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also an important artistic trend that was greatly influenced by Belgian artists. Key practitioners of this important early precursor to Surrealism include Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor.

Further Biographical Context for Marcel Broodthaers

Marcel Broodthaers was born in 1924 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism prevailed in the 1950s as a chief method of painting, and explored ideas concerning the sublime and spirituality. Artists chose to focus on painting’s formal properties, and Action Painting took inspiration from the political freedoms of the United States, in opposition to the limitations of the Soviet bloc. Significant artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In later revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been celebrated, amongst many other female creatives.

Marcel Broodthaers

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