Fiction enables us to grasp reality and at the same time that which is masked by reality.
The Broodthaers Society of America examines the work of Marcel Broodthaers within the political and cultural context of the United States. America was a great influence on Broodthaers, both directly through his experience of Pop Art and indirectly through his shared interest in the poetics of merchandise, publicity, and the conquest of space. Put another way, the Broodthaers Society provides a forum in which the United States might contemplate itself through the life and work of Marcel Broodthaers.
The Broodthaers Society provides free access to our collection of Broodthaers-related material. Most of Broodthaers' publications and artist's books are in private collections and are seldom, if ever, accessible to the public. The BSA provides an opportunity to peruse and conduct research with these materials, some of which are quite rare.
We also provide free admission to our exhibitions
, and informal contact
with our growing network of scholars and enthusiasts.
Most recently we have converted our parlor floor into MBnb
, an innovative exhibition space
available to artists, writers, dealers, designers, and people in trade the world over.
We are currently open by appointment
. Visits to the archive and reading room
will be limited to a maximum of three people at a time. Visits to exhibitions
will be limited to a maximum of six people at a time. Face masks are required and social distancing protocols will be maintained throughout, until further guidance from federal, state, and municipal authorities.
Joe Scanlan, Director