Marcel Broodthaers, Musee d’Art Moderne, Department des Aigles, 1971

”’Museum,’ in this instance, was meant figuratively, to signify a place in which the most important things relating to the visual arts were occurring.  To name this particular meeting place a museum was a deliberate misnomer. […] While nothing in the display was a work of art, the display as a whole was. This is because it embodied Broodthaers’s intention: to ask, in the exhibiting of these things, in this way, and in this space, ‘Can’t this place…exist as a museum and fiction at the same time, so that ultimately those visitors who are willing will be happy to simply take on this idea?’”
-Terry Smith, “Artists as Curators/Curators as Artists”

Marcel Broodthaers, Musee d’Art Moderne, Department des Aigles, 1971

”’Museum,’ in this instance, was meant figuratively, to signify a place in which the most important things relating to the visual arts were occurring.  To name this particular meeting place a museum was a deliberate misnomer. […] While nothing in the display was a work of art, the display as a whole was. This is because it embodied Broodthaers’s intention: to ask, in the exhibiting of these things, in this way, and in this space, ‘Can’t this place…exist as a museum and fiction at the same time, so that ultimately those visitors who are willing will be happy to simply take on this idea?’

-Terry Smith, “Artists as Curators/Curators as Artists”

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