En lisant la Lorelei
The Marcel Broodthaers (1924–1976) exhibition contained a dozen works and documents centered around a minor theme in the artist’s oeuvre: the figure of the siren. The figure of the siren appeared throughout his career, from his first collection of poems in 1957 to the 1974–1975 period, in the form of the Lorelei, the siren along the banks of the Rhine made famous by Heinrich Heine’s poem. En lisant la Lorelei is the title of a 1975 book in which Broodthaers references the Heine poem, adding various images and financial newspaper clippings. It was also the title of a room in the exhibit L’Éloge du sujet [In Praise of the Subject] that Broodthaers had presented in Basel in 1974. This room was reconstructed at MAMCO and the book was republished, accompanied by an essay by Philipe Cuenat examining the project’s genealogy and methodology. The work was a fitting homage to Broodthaers’ style: an exhibition of an exhibition.
- Exhibition organized by Philippe Cuenat
- With the support of Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art