Marcel Broodthaers and « la parole des Moules »

Study day: insights on Marcel Broodthaers work

Sat 22.10.2022

  • LAC venue

  • Piazza Bernardino Luini 6, 6900 Lugano

MASI Lugano offers its public the opportunity to gather in Lugano some of the major experts on Marcel Broodthaers artistic practice. They will take part with their own insights to the study day organised on the occasion of the exhibition.
The relationship between visual arts and poetry characterises the whole artistic and literary production of Marcel Broodthaers: from his poetic writings of the 1950s, through the Poèmes industriels, the Lettres Ouvertes, up to the Décors of the 1970s. Inspired by the great poets of modernity, the artist creates a poetic universe that develops through the tension between opposites, disorientating and creating doubts in the viewer.
Poet, visual artist, editor and filmmaker, Marcel Broodthaers.

In this occasion, it will be possible to freely visit the exhibition "Marcel Broodthaers – Industrial poems" from 10am until 8pm.


11:00 | Marcel Broodthaers: The Degree Zero of Writing (Italian) | Hall LAC

The speech aims at reconstructing and examining the role of poetry in Broodthaers’ intermedia works from a comparative and interdisciplinary approach: starting from the poetic writings of the 1960s, up to the analysis of the Industrial Poems (1968-1972).

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS), Maria Elena Minuto is researcher at the University of Liège and KU Leuven.

13:30 | The Industrial Poems of Marcel Broodthaers (English) | Sala 4, LAC

Marcel Broodthaers produced works that combine succinct visual forms with multilayered
concepts. Drawing together words and images in a wide range of media, all areas of his practice
are inter-related. This lecture focuses on his Industrial Poems also known as plastic plaques.

Deborah Schultz is a Reader in Art History at Regent’s University London where she teaches historiography as well as modern and contemporary art.

14:15 | Marcel Broodthaers and Cinema (English) | Sala 4, LAC

Broodthaers is rarely seen as a filmmaker although he was a prolific one with a filmography containing at least 50 titles. Furthermore, his entire (non-filmic) oeuvre and his writings include many references to cinema, its (pre-)history, technology, and paraphernalia. Although Broodthaers is often presented as the ultimate artist of the “post-medium condition,” constantly merging artistic media, technologies, and methods of display, this lecture attempts to look at Broodthaers as a filmmaker in the strict sense.

Steven Jacobs is an art historian specialised in the interactions between film and the visual arts and architecture.

15:00 | A Surrealist, a Pop Artist, a Conceptual Artist? Marcel Broodthaers in His Time (English) | Sala 4, LAC

The uncertain status of Marcel Broodthaers is part of his work – is he a poet, a filmmaker, an
artist? Moreover, in which domain does his work inscribe itself – in late surrealism, in the
international Pop art of the 1960s, or in the rising conceptual art of the 1970s? In this talk, the
contemporary readings and misreadings of Broodthaers’ work which he cunningly provoked
and undermined will be discussed.

Dieter Schwarz is a curator (under his eye the exhibitions "Bruce Nauman: Models", Skulpturenhalle, Düsseldorf, 2020; "Multiples, Inc.", Galleria Marian Goodman, New York, 2021; "Juan Muñoz: Drawings", Center Botín, Santander, 2022) and he directed the Kunstmuseum Winterthur of Zurich from 1990 to 2017; he is also curator of the Skulpturenhalle of the Thomas Schütte Foundation.


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