Marcel Broodthaers was born in Belgium in 1924 and died in 1976 in Cologne in Germany. He 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; 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.
His work was included in the exhibition 'The Illusion of Light' (2014 - 2015) at Palazzo Grassi and in the exhibitions 'In Praise of Doubt' (2011-2013), 'Slip of the Tongue' (2015-2016), 'Dancing with Myself' (2018) and 'Untitled, 2020' (2020) at Punta della Dogana.