Artist, curator, collector, poet and film maker Marcel Broodthaers welcomes you to the latest offering in his museum of fiction: an exhibition without images that has to be explored with your eyes closed.
“L'Angélus de Degas. Marcel Broodthaers: hétéroclite II” was originally produced as part of the Atelier de Création Radiophonique by Radio France and broadcast over the French radio waves on 27 May 1979. The programme offers visitors an audio experience of the Belgian artist’s universe to dive into with their eyes closed, with Broodthaers taking on the role of steward and guide in this immaterial exhibition. Artist, curator, collector, poet and film maker Marcel Broodthaers created the programme as an audio extension of his fictional museum of ideas - the “Musée d’Art Moderne - Département des Aigles”. This latest section was especially designed for the ears. Rather than images, objects and walls it assembles two hours’ worth of interviews with the likes of Georges Brecht, Robert Filliou, David Lamelas, Michaël Opitz, Edward Kienholz, Jurgen Harten, Harald Szeemann, Daniel Buren, Joseph Beuys and Gerhardt Raspe. “Is radio a face or an organism that distributes faces? And isn’t radio the face of something...” That is the question Broodthaers asks himself when launching this fiction in a museum “...where each face is a sound and each sound is a face.” This radiophonic experiment is a trajectory with several access points offering its auditors a journey through various facets of the work and thought process of the artist. Aided by his peers and fellow travellers, he questions the creation of his era, and the relationship between art and institution, politics and economy. Throughout the various interviews, he seizes and exposes the ideas that structured the artistic scene of the 70s and brought it to life, despite the risk of shaking certain foundations that had defined art and museums up until then.