Don’t miss the moules! Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective closes Sunday. Broodthaers’s irreverent sense of humor and love of wordplay are visible in his use of mussel shells and eggshells, which he obtained from a local restaurant and which became his signature materials. In French, the word moule means both “mussel” and “mold”; in Broodthaers’s hands, the discarded shells gave form to artworks with multitudes of poetic meanings.
[Marcel Broodthaers. Cercle de moules (Circle of mussels). 1966. Mussel shells with tinted resin on painted panel. 63 in. (160 cm) diam. Private Collection. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Gretchen Scott]