BELGIUM / Gent: S.M.A.K. 'Broodthaerskabinet'
by Modem
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until Tuesday December 28 2021

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Broodthaers made his name as one of the most influential figures in 20th-century art. During his lifetime, the impact of his artistic practice was not only felt in his own country. He soon made his international breakthrough with work that forms a lasting legacy.

Broodthaers’ career as an artist began with the work Le Pense-Bête (1964), which is considered as the pivotal point between his life as a poet and as an artist. For S.M.A.K. it is a great honor to keep this key work in the collection and to show it in the Broodthaerskabinet. By setting a number of unsold copies of his last poetry book in plaster, he nearly made it impossible to read them. This signalled the genesis of an ‘object’, which, to his great surprise, as an art object, elicited much more interest than the poems themselves ever did. Broodthaers referred to Le Pense-Bête as his first ‘proposition artistique’, his first act as a visual artist.

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