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Moules / Oeufs / Frites / Pots / Charbon

Broodthaers, Marcel

Antwerp. Wide White Space Gallery. 1966
The scarce catalogue for Broodthaers' 'Moules Oeufs Frites Pots Charbon', his first major solo exhibition.

Held at Antwerp's Wide White Space Gallery from 26th May - 26th June, 1966 (with the vernissage held on 26th May), Marcel Broodthaers' exhibition 'Moules Oeufs Frites Pots Charbon' was a typically poetic artistic exercise and the catalogue presented here, for the same exhibition, is no different. Although the catalogue incorporates standard biographical texts and timelines - it includes texts by Jean Deypreau ('A Fleur de Pot') and Pierre Restany ('Quand la Vie Devient Objet') - it works also as an artist book, featuring a reproduction of Broodthaer's repetitive inscription of several of the words of the title - he omits 'charbon' but includes 'coeur' - and three of his illustrated poem works: 'Ma Rhétorique (Moule)', 'Poème (Oeuf)' and 'Théorèmes (Frites)'. Each of these poem works is typically playful and typically gnomic incorporating absurdist repetitive text, word substitution, satirical aphorism and counterintuitive illustration.

'La pipe de Magritte est le moule de la fumée.' (from Broodthaers' text).

The catalogue is scarce and OCLC locates copies at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Paris, the Kunstbibliothek of the Staatliche Museen, Berlin and the Vlaamse Erfgoedbibliotheek only; COPAC locates only a copy of the 1974 reprint in the UK.
[3 bifolia including wrappers]. 8vo. (200 x 138 mm). Title and exhibition details to front wrapper with brief artistic biography of Broodthaers' verso, blank leaf, leaf with reproduction of Broodthaers' manuscript recto and 'Ma Rhetorique (Moule)' verso, leaf with 'Poème (Oeuf)' recto and 'Théorèmes (Frites)' verso, blank leaf, inner rear wrapper with publication history and texts on Broodthaer's work and rear wrapper with advertisement for the gallery; illustrated with reproduction of Broodthaers' manuscript and three monochrome illustrations. Original publisher's white stapled printed wrappers with titles and text in black.

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