Symposium and Film Program, CINEMATEK and WIELS, 17-18 June 2022

Marcel Broodthaers, famous for his iconic art objects and décors, also made some fifty short films. In addition, many of his works contain references to the history, technology, and conventions of cinema.

The symposium Marcel Broodthaers & Cinema: ‘Poèmes cinématographiques’, Moving Scripts, jointly organized by the University of Antwerp, CINEMATEK, WIELS, Cinea, and Maria Gilissen – Succession Marcel Broodthaers aims to highlight this aspect of his oeuvre. It welcomes both the general public, as well as connoisseurs. On June 17th, a film program offers the opportunity to get acquainted with some of Broodthaers' well-known and lesser-known titles. On June 17th and 18th, a dozen speakers focus on Broodthaers’ unique film practice, its interaction with the other arts, performative character, literary and poetic affiliations, and socio-cultural context.


CINEMATEK, 9 Rue Baron Hortastraat, Brussels

In the presence of Maria Gilissen-Broodthaers.

Friday 17 June, 1pm – 5pm

With Bruce Jenkins, Raf Wollaert, Andrew Chesher, and Gabriele Mackert.

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Saturday 18 June, 9:30pm – 4:30pm

With Nico Dockx and gerlach en koop, Eric de Bruyn, Xavier García Bardón, Maria Elena Minuto, Deborah Schultz, Steven Jacobs, and Jennifer Wild

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Rue Baron Hortastraat 9, Brussels

Welcome by Maria Gilissen-Broodthaers.

Introduction by Raf Wollaert and Steven Jacobs.

A few years before his notorious entry in the (visual) art world, the poet Marcel Broodthaers shot and presented his first film at the Palais des Beaux-Arts. In the almost fifty short films that followed, his original vocation, poetry, remained central: here “words shine like diamonds." An extraordinary opportunity to (re)discover with Broodthaers's little-known cinema.
Screened films include, among others, La Clef de l’Horloge, Département des aigles, A Film by Charles Baudelaire, Berlin oder ein Traum mit Sahne, and La Bataille de Waterloo.

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The initiative is supported by Maria Gilissen-Broodthaers, the University of Antwerp, the Royal Film Archive of Belgium (CINEMATEK), WIELS Brussels, and Cinea. It is part of a research project funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), conducted by VP members Raf Wollaert and Steven Jacobs. More information about the programme and registration soon on the Visual Poetics and CINEMATEK websites. 

Organizing committee:

Steven Jacobs (University of Antwerp/Ghent University)
Raf Wollaert (University of Antwerp)