Broodthaers Society of America
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Tuesday, March 16 - Friday, April 30, 2020

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For the broad remainder of the Spring semester, beginning Tuesday March 16 through Friday, April 30, the Broodthaers Society of America offers to screen a selection of films by and about Marcel Broodthaers for any and all educational institutions worldwide. The screenings are offered by appointment via Zoom, Mondays – Fridays, in two-hour time slots, between 10:00am and 9:30pm.

Screening requests from individual students and scholars are also welcome. Children are not permitted to request screenings.

The film program features the global premier of The ABCs of Marcel Broodthaers (2019), a one-hour documentary by Bertrand Lafontaine that is a spirited introduction to Broodthaers through the eyes of some of his closest friends and art world colleagues, including artist Jacques Charlier, gallerist Anny De Decker, publisher Yves Gevaert, curator Kasper König, and painter Walter Swennen. Broodthaers' widow, Maria Gilissen, acts as the de facto master of ceremonies, offering candid insights on her late husband's peripatetic life and peculiar work ethic. Broodthaers himself makes many archival film footage appearances, his personage by turns evoking the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Kurt Schwitters, P T Barnum, and Baudelaire.

The ABCs of Marcel Broodthaers was produced in conjunction with Soleil Politique, a survey exhibition organized in 2019 by the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (M UHKA), Antwerp. The documentary was first broadcast on Belgian public television and was nominated for a 2020 Belgian Emmy award. The ABCs of Marcel Broodthaers is being offered with the permission of Bertrand Lafontaine; the Marcel Broodthaers films are being offered without permission.

Synopses of available films by Marcel Broodthaers:

La Clef de l'Horloge: un poème cinématographique en l'honneur de Kurt Schwitters (1958)
MB's first foray into so-called avant garde film, first screened at the Knokke Film Festival. Already Broodthaers is interested in confusing the conventional form of different media, writing a poem with celluloid and using the celluloid to play with ideas of focus and illumination

La Pluie (un projet pour un texte) (1969)
MB decamps to the garden for a productive afternoon of writing

La Pipe Satire (1969)
MB's first "spoof" of sorts, a screen test for the infamous subject of a painting by his life-long mentor, René Magritte

Un Film de Charles Baudelaire (1970)
On the heels of having attended a seminar on the French poet in 1969, MB makes his second satire of sorts, wherein he assumes Baudelaire's identity and makes a film under his name, thirty-four years before motion pictures were invented

A Voyage on the North Sea (1973-74)
MB begins where he started, so to speak, with a penultimate media confusion: a film that chronicles the contents of an artist's book about a painting of a sailing ship. No one medium takes precedent over the other, nor do any of them bring us any closer to the original painting, let alone the sea

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