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"Marcel Broodthaers 11"


Size: 15.7 H x 15.7 W x 1.6 in

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Art Description

Painting: Oil on Canvas.


The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona

Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Broodthaers 11”, 2018, oil on canvas, 15,7 x 15,7 x 1,5 in (40 x 40 x 3,5 cm)

What/who inspired the work?
Conceptually, I was inspired by a fragment of a photograph of Marcel Broodthaers and Piet van Daalen, made by Maria Gilissen. The two characters are standing, holding a portrait, in front of a shelf with ancient objects. This image was taken in the exhibition of the "Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, Section Folklorique, Cabinet de Curiosités", at the Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, The Netherlands, 1970.
Formally, I was inspired by the blurred photopaintings by the German artist Gerhard Richter.

What do you hope its viewers will think?
I hope that viewers understand that there is a narrative within the history of art that deals with the artists who created their own museums. This narrative is constructed through Marcel Duchamp (Boîte-en-valise, 1936-1941), Robert Filliou (La galerie légitime, 1962-1963) and Marcel Broodthaers (Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, 1968-1972) . Following this narrative, I decided to create the Davis Museum, The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (2009-ongoing), which is, simultaneously, a readymade sculpture, a non-profit collective art project, and at the same time, a cultural entity recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya (an Autonomous Community in Spain).
Created symbolically in an electoral ballot box and disseminated mainly through Facebook, the Davis Museum is also the smallest contemporary art museum in the world.

This cultural entity has several sections and one of them is "The Paintings Section From Davis Museum". It is divided into portraits and still lifes. The portraits represent Marcel Duchamp, Robert Filliou and Marcel Broodthaers; while still lifes represent the "Boîte-en-valise" (Box in a suitacase), the "Galerie légitime" (Legitimate gallery) and the "Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles" (Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles).

Why did you choose the medium, the frame format and the color?
I chose oil on canvas because I am interested in painting not only because of its versatility as a medium but also because of its rich historical repository of images and ideas. Only the best materials have been used for this work: linen canvas, oil paintings by Old Holland and medium by Blockx. As the Davis Museum is a cube, I chose the frame of the paintings to be square. And since the Davis Museum's brand color is blue, I chose the same color for all the paintings.


The Yellowstone Club Collection, Big Sky, Montana, USA.
The Geert De Kegel Collection, Zele, Belgium
The Francesc Torres Collection, Barcelona, Spain.
The Alejandro Vásquez Herrero Collection, Viladecans, Spain.
The Daniel Marcoux Collection, Montreal, Canada

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Keywords: Shade, Blue, Bluish, Ultramarine, Art History, Marcel Broodthaers, Gerhard Richter, Artist, Head, Azure, Man, Obscure

Subjects: World Culture

Styles: Portraiture, Photorealism, Pop Art, Figurative, Documentary

Mediums: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Prints: World Culture Art Prints, Portraiture Art Prints, Photorealism Art Prints, Pop Art Art Prints, Figurative Art Prints, Documentary Art Prints, Oil Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints

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