Confessions of the Century continues the Broodthaers Society of America’s interest in the idea of work—what it means to work, or to make work, or to work for a living—and to what extent these ambits might relate and overlap as art.
Work, or the absence of it, was a lifelong concern of Marcel Broodthaers, affecting both his principles as an artist and his politics as a citizen. Confessions of the Century—originally published as “Les Confessions du Siècle” in the Bruxellois magazine Le Patriote Illustré on December 15, 1957—negotiates this balance. Even more, the article includes 400+ words with supporting photojournalism and captions that are missing from a similar manuscript found in Broodthaers’ Collected Writings.
Confessions of the Century is a new, never before extant English translation of the fully reconstituted text, done by New York critic and curator Nora Kovacs in collaboration with the Broodthaers Society.
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