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Marcel Broodthаers. Poetry and images


From 29 September 2018 to 3 February 2019



This fall, Garage presented the first solo exhibition in Russia of the critically acclaimed Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924–1976).

Developed specifically for the 10th anniversary of the Museum, the exhibition reveals what the artist once described as “the place where the world of visual art and poetry may perhaps converge on the exact dividing line that absorbs both.” Presenting over eighty works, including many of the artist’s key pieces—from early objects and films to sections of the project Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles, as well as his last installations with palm trees, also known as décors—the show reveal how Broodthaers’ use of language and unique take on institutional critique led to a cult following among Russian artists. It also examines the potential for rethinking the values of the museum as an institution, a mission Garage has been involved in since it opened ten years ago.

Public program
Looking at details and exploring the diverse mediums and activities invented by the Belgian conceptual artist will form the basis of the public program accompanying his retrospective Marcel Broodthaers. Poetry and images.

Composed of lectures on Marcel Broodthaers' poetry, art, film, and curatorial strategies, the public program studies the historic and cultural contexts of the legendary Belgian artist’s practice and a variety of particular items and phenomena that informed it.

The October to February workshops will acquaint participants with the principles of Broodthaers’ verbal and visual poetry, experimental films, and installations, and will enable them to realize their own ideas in individual or group projects.

Natalya Smolyanskaya’s cycle of seminars Institutional Critique in Contemporary Art is set to help the audience analyze paradigmatic texts written by important artists and thinkers of the time, such as Robert Smithson, Daniel Buren, Julio Le Parc, Guy Debord, Andrea Fraser, Hito Steyerl, The Yes Men, and of course, Marcel Broodthaers himself.

For children and teenagers, Garage has developed guided tours around the exhibition adapted for each age group, as well as workshops delivered by the Museum’s educators. Family Auditorium lectures that will explain and illustrate the term “conceptual art”, and there will be a quest through the exhibition for the whole family.

Audio guides in Russian and English will be available at the information stand.


Lecture cycle “Ceci n’est pas M.B.”

As part of the exhibition Marcel Broodthaers. Poetry and images Garage Museum of Contemporary Art has prepared a lecture cycle based around the Belgian artist’s legacies and practice.

Garage Auditorium

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