Confessions of the Century


offset ink on paper, 16 pages, saddle-stitched
8.5 x 5.5 in / 21.6 x 14 cm
first edition of 250 copies

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© 1957, 2013, and 2021
Marcel Broodthaers, Nora Kovacs, and the Broodthaers Society of America. Printed without permission as part of Confessions of the Century, October 13 – December 12, 2021, a group exhibition organized by Joe Scanlan


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, 1957negotiates 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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