Marcel Broodthaers – Words, Things, Concepts

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Akbank Sanat opens the 2014-2015 season with a worldwide exhibition. This will be the most comprehensive exhibition to date of works by one of the most prominent founders of the conceptual art of 20th century, conceptual artist and poet Marcel Broodthaers who is regarded to be an école in his own right. Besides using writing, words and text as subjects in his wide-ranging conceptual works, Broodthaers has also situated ‘ready-mades’ at the center of his work. Moreover, after a while he started studying extensively at the conceptual level and built the backbone of his art from concepts. Due to these qualities of his, Broodthaers have been regarded as one of those artists whose works have given birth to contemporary art as a full-fledged field of art. The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum van Actuele Kunst (SMAK) in Gent, which holds the largest collection of works by the artist. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of additional events such as conferences and film screenings.

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