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Marcel Broodthaers

Belgian Conceptual Artist, Filmmaker and Poet

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Movements and Styles: Conceptual Art, Institutional Critique

Born: January 28, 1924 - Brussels, Belgium

Died: January 28, 1976 - Cologne, Germany

"I remove the object from it usual context, I place it in another... "

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Marcel Broodthaers' meteoric rise to the top of the art world upon his entrance onto the scene in 1964 - coupled with his brilliant output until his untimely death twelve years later - makes one wonder why he waited until age 40 to begin his artistic career. On the other hand, Broodthaers' work explores irony, contradiction, and the questioning of long-established artistic institutions, so it may be fitting that his artistic fame constituted a 180-degree turnaround from a 20-year period spent in poverty as a poet and journalist. Broodthaers' engagement with language, history, and identity helped establish the genre of Conceptual Art and fought to free visual art from the shackles of aesthetic taste and commercialization.

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