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Reading Cinema, Finding Words: Art after Marcel Broodthaers

Since the 1990’s, some of the artists engaged in film/video art have taken a keen interest in film techniques, theories and history, and developed creative methods that refer to and interpret past cinema works in various ways. In this exhibition, art works in various fields including film, photography, video, installation among others by thirteen artists were exhibited in the style of a theater complex, using Marcel Broodthaers’ texts and projects on film as a reference. Considering the fact that many of the film/video artists give strict instructions and that the experience of appreciating each work should be separate, we decided to reinterpret Marcel Broodthaers’ room as a lobby and lead viewers from there to the rooms of respective artists through tunnels of blackout curtains. The tunnels of blackout curtains absorbs sounds so that the sounds of the film/video work do not travel to other rooms and provide a “rite of passage” kind of experience so that viewers can shift their attentions from Broodthaers to respective artists and face their works with fresh eyes.


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    The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
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    The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
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    • Graphic design

      Daishiro Mori
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CoverKeizo Kioku
  • 1–14Keizo Kioku
  • 15–19Tezzo Nishizawa Architects