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Ceci N’est Pas Un Broodthaers

Posted by cathedralofshit on November 15, 2009

Figures older, wiser and more cynical than we could never have suggested that Marcel Broodthaers has made more work since his death than when he was alive. Posthumous works are, it is alleged, being produced in a backroom of Galerie Marie-Puck Broodthaers (http://www.broodthaersmp.be/). Hapless young curators such as the current Director of Modern Art Oxford, Mike Stanley (who hosted a Broodthaers exhibition in his former postion of Director of Milton Keynes Gallery), are, it is alleged, unwitting conspirators by offering ‘provenance.’ The MKG show, we’re told, contained only one work that was actually produced during Mr Broodthaers’ lifetime. Is this why Marie-Puck is supposed to have a reputation for being so wary of proper institutional curators?

Whilst Broodthaers’ multiply, Öyvind Fahlström’s disappear. Another scurrilous rumour (allegedly allegedly etc etc) is that touring Fahlström shows invariably loose a couple of drawings with each incarnation. The works disappear, we are unreliably informed, as exhibitions are installed under the ever watchful eye of the late artist’s widow, Sharon, who luckily benefits from generous insurance payouts.

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