Marcel Broodthaers, Mirror with Eggs, 1966-67, wood, paint, mirror, eggshells, 29 x 20 x 3".


Marcel Broodthaers

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

July 2–September 26, 2010

Curated by Frederik Leen

Fifty years ago, Brussels’s Royal Museums of Fine Arts entered a protracted debate over where to put their modern art, partly inspiring Marcel Broodthaers’s foundational work of institutional critique Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, 1968. The Royal Museums’ solution? To carve out an eight-story basement, the bottom floor of which now holds a phenomenal collection of works by the hometown star. This summer, some sixty-five pieces will be unearthed, including (alongside iconic “Pop” works in mussel and eggshells) the never-before-exhibited ink-on-metal “draft” version of Broodthaers’s Un Coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard (A Cast of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance), 1969, a work that rereads Mallarmé’s radical poetics in pseudo- Minimalist brushed aluminum, and the astonishing 1968 film-cum-installation Le Corbeau et le renard (The Crow and the Fox).