Marcel Broodthaers, 289 Coquilles d’Oeufs, 1966. The egg and mussel shell become a recurrent symbol in Broodthaers’ work as a means of questioning the social function of the artwork. With characteristic wit and insight Broodthaers announced ‘Everything is eggs. The world is eggs’.
Marcel Broodthaers (28 January 1924 – 28 January 1976) was a Belgian poet, filmmaker and artist with a highly literate and often witty approach to creating art works. Broodthaers later worked principally with assemblies of found objects and collage, often containing written texts. He incorporated written language in his art and used whatever was at hand for his raw materials—most notably the shells of eggs and mussels...
Marcel Broodthaers. White Cabinet and White Table. 1965. Painted cabinet, table, and eggshells. Broodthaers often used found or discarded materials, favoring eggshells, which are "without content other than the air." Using antique-looking furniture and organic materials, Broodthaers critiqued museum display and avoided modern products. In 1968, he created his own museum—called Museum of Modern Art—in his apartment, complete with labels and a catalogue.
1975 hat der belgische Künstler Marcel Broodthaers einen Miniaturatlas in der Größe einer Zündholzschachtel gestaltet und darin alle Länder auf die gleiche Seitengröße hinunterprojiziert, so daß etwa Österreich praktisch gleich groß wie Australien erscheint.