Marcel Broodthaers: Fuchs. Mais qui mangera le fromage? | Veritable eau de Cologne, 1974

230,00
card / postcard, edition / multiple
Berlin, Germany
s. p.
1974

Berlin: self-published, 1974 (05), 10,4×14,8 cm. Artist’s postcard. Quite mysterious and rather elusive work by M.B. made in dialogue with the work of Lothar Baumgarten and Michael Oppitz and more specifically as a response to their publication T’E-NE-T’E. Eine mythologische Vorführung, published in conjunction with the exhibition “Hommage an M.B.” in the Konrad Fischer Gallery.…

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Berlin: self-published, 1974 (05), 10,4×14,8 cm. Artist’s postcard. Quite mysterious and rather elusive work by M.B. made in dialogue with the work of Lothar Baumgarten and Michael Oppitz and more specifically as a response to their publication T’E-NE-T’E. Eine mythologische Vorführung, published in conjunction with the exhibition “Hommage an M.B.” in the Konrad Fischer Gallery. Baumgarten’s invitation read “RAABE” and the exhibition was intended to be understood as a reference to the 1972 show “Der Adler vom Oligozän bis heute” in Düsseldorf. This densely layered card makes for a labyrinthine narrative on symbols and especially the use of the Eagle as one. Scarce.

(…)A further response, and not without a hint of irony, was made by Baumgarten and Oppitz in their 1974 joint exhibition TE – NE – TE – eine mythologische Vorfuhrung (TE – NE – T’E – A Mythological Presentation). On one side of the invitation card was a photograph of an eagle with ‘Hommage à M.B., Aigle.’ typed below. On the other side of the card the word ‘Rabe’ (raven) was printed in red. The date, address and authors of the show was typed below, defining it as ‘an exhibition for the mind and the intellect’. Broodthaers responded immediately and sent back a reply card which took the same format as the invitation. On one side he printed double-headed eagle crests under the title ‘Veritable Eau de Cologne’. Beneath this he typed a statement in a mixture of German and French: ‘To L. Baumgarten and M. Oppitz to salute the exhibition for the mind and the intellect’. On the reverse side, in response to their red ‘Rabe’ Broodthaers printed ‘Fuchs’ (fox) in the same font as ‘Rabe’ but in black. Beneath this, in the elegant écriture anglaise he often chose, Broodthaers asked the question, ‘Mais qui mangera le fromage?’ (But who will eat the cheese?). Although the bird is given as raven rather than La Fontaine’s crow (corbeau) the references are clear. (…) [Schultz 1998, p. 163-164]


condition: Near Fine condition.