April 14, 2015 - Herbert Foundation - Marcel Broodthaers
April 14, 2015

Marcel Broodthaers

Marcel Broodthaers, Carte du monde poétique, 1968.

Carte du monde poétique
Films, works and documents of Marcel Broodthaers

April 26–November 15, 2015

Herbert Foundation
Coupure Links 627 A
9000 Ghent


With Carte du monde poétique, Herbert Foundation pays tribute to the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924 Sint-Gillis–1976 Cologne), whose oeuvre is one of the cornerstones of the Herbert Collection. In 1973 the Brussels art dealer Fernand Spillemaeckers of Galerie MTL brought Annick and Anton Herbert into contact with Broodthaers, whose artistic activities they since then followed intensively for many years.

Comprising the ground floor of the exhibition space, Carte du monde poétique presents a substantive selection of films, works, artist books and documents of Broodthaers that are part of the Herbert Collection. The presentation explores several aspects of Broodthaers’s diverse oeuvre, including his high affinity with poetry and literature, his wit and humour as well as the acute questions he raises about the structures that bind the art world.

The title of the exhibition is deduced from the work Carte du monde poétique (1968), a large world map entitled Carte du monde politique on which Broodthaers crossed out the letters “li” and replaced them with the letter “é”. The substantive implication of this minimal gesture serves as the framework wherein the presentation of the exhibition is situated.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue whith essays by Eva Badura-Triska (mumok, Vienna), Joris D’hooghe (VUB, Brussels) and Laura Hanssens (Herbert Foundation, Ghent).

Accelerazione, 9 works by 8 artists of the Herbert Foundation
April 26–November 15, 2015

On the first floor of the exhibition space, the exhibition Accelerazione takes place and focuses on eight pivotal artists of the Herbert Collection: Carl Andre, Gilbert & George, Jannis Kounellis, Richard Long, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Giulio Paolini and Gerhard Richter.Since the second part of the 20th century, each of these artists has been disclosing new perspectives on art and what it should or could be.                                                                                                                                      

The title of the exhibition is derived from the installation Accelerazione = sogno, numeri di Fibonacci al neon e motocicletta fantasma (1972) by the Italian artist Mario Merz and gives expression to the underlying driving force that binds the eight artists. In spite of their different backgrounds, they share their roots in the rebellious Western post-war years during which the common notion of art changed for good. Situated within this turbulent timeframe, the works embody the acceleration that then took place within the artistic development of these artists. Altering the common perception of art, they paved the way for the future.

See information for individual and groups visits via www.herbertfoundation.org.

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