Décor: A Conquest. Public Talk

Garage Education Center, 9/4 Krymsky Val, Moscow

V-A-C Foundation and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will host a public talk with Bart de Baere and Rachel Haidu devoted to one of the key works in Broodthaers’ practice and in the history of the twentieth-century art. Discussion is included in the public program of the exhibition Marcel Broodthaers.

Marcel Broodthaers made Décor: A Conquest (in the collection of V-A-C Foundation since 2018) in 1974 for his exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London. According to Broodthaers, the décor, which consists of two rooms—representing the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries —, explored “the relationship between war and comfort.” It raised questions of the nature of power and its symbols; the organization of politics; and situations and algorithms that inform historical decisions.

Participants will discuss the genre of décor invented by Broodthaers, try to explain why it seems more relevant to the contemporary situation than total installation and environment; look at the various uses of décors; and explore the connection between Broodthaers’ décors and his films.

Free admission with advance registration. Discussion will be in English and simultaneously interpreted into Russian.