Marcel Broodthaers
Casserole and Closed Mussels 1964

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Marcel Broodthaers 1924–1976
Casserole and Closed Mussels
Casserole et moules fermées
Date 1964
Medium Mussel shells, pigment, polyester resin and iron casserole with wooden handles
Dimensions Object: 305 x 279 x 248 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1975
Not on display

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Broodthaers made this work using an everyday casserole pot owned by his family, and mussel shells provided by a favourite restaurant. The mussel shells rise up in a column as if flowering out of the pot. Broodthaers explained: ’The bursting out of the mussels from the casserole does not follow the laws of boiling, it follows the laws of artifice and results in the construction
of an abstract form.’ Mussels are a popular dish in Belgium, and Broodthaers intended this work in part to satirise his homeland.

August 2004

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