Marcel Broodthaers: Industrial Poems

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The Complete Catalogue of the Plaques 1968–1972

Industrially fabricated as vacuum-formed plastic plaques, the Industrial Poems of Marcel Broodthaers (1924–76) express the enduring fruitfulness of poetry as a paradigm in the poet-turned-artist’s witty, language-oriented brand of conceptualism. These works draw on the popular visual language of commercial signage, incorporating symbols, images, letters, words and punctuation that often refer to earlier poems and artworks. As mass-manufactured signs produced in a popular material such as plastic, the Industrial Poems partake of a visual and material clarity that belies the strongly enigmatic character of their associative semantic functioning.

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2021; hardcover; 9.25 x 11.25 in; 400 pages, 500 color; ISBN: 9783775751322.