Born in Brussels in 1924, Marcel Broodthaers was 40 when he added art to his career as a writer, art critic and poet, by performing a very decisive act: he dipped his collection of poetry Le Pense-Bête into plaster. This radical act of making language concrete embodies the key themes of his art. Produced over just 12 years (from 1964 to 1976), his work is among the most important and influential of the second half of the twentieth century. Among his most significant themes are: the relationship between art and language (as in the film La Pluie, in which water runs down pages erasing the text written by the artist); the status of the work of art and of criticism in the museum (il Musée d’art moderne – Département des Aigles of 1968 is a museum in which some of the works exhibited are accompanied by the warning ‘This is not a work of art’); and the play between reality and fiction.
Marcel Broodthaers works have been previously exhibited at Palazzo Grassi in “The Illusion of Light” (2014 - 2015) and at Punta della Dogana in “In Praise of Doubt” (2011-2013) and in "Slip of the Tongue" (2015-2016).