Marcel Broodthaers, General with Cigar, 1970, found oil painting, cigar, 15 3/4 × 11 7/8 × 2 3/4". © Estate of Marcel Broodthaers/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SABAM, Brussels.

New York

“Marcel Broodthaers: Retrospective”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
February 14–May 15

Curated by Christophe Cherix and Manuel Borja-Villel

Those who thought they knew this father of institutional critique will have their heads turned by Marcel Broodthaers’s first US survey in a quarter century. Comprising some 200 works, including early egg- and mussel-shell pieces, film installations that incorporate the works’ packaging and screens, and the late décors—which combined retrospective, film set, and proto-installation art—MoMA’s exhibition builds on its acquisition of the extraordinary Daled collection and is complemented by a catalogue with essays from the curators, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Thierry de Duve, and Jean-François Chevrier. Rarely seen objects such as the postcard collection with which Broodthaers launched his Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles in 1968 and a darkly funny flea-market portrait of a fully decorated general punctuated with an actual cigar butt should lend acute insight into the artist’s crucial linkages between nationalism, imperialism, and the fetishism of art itself. The timing couldn’t be better. Travels to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Oct. 4, 2016–Jan. 9, 2017.