Armoire de cuisine


Painted wood cupboard, filled with various objects; painted iron basket, filled with eggshells

232.8 x 119.9 x 49.8 cm (91 5/8 x 47 3/16 x 19 5/8 in.)

Kitchen utensils and eggs can be glimpsed between the half-open doors of an old white kitchen cupboard with blue curtains. Shells are everywhere: in eggcups, boxes or dishes inside or outside the cabinet. Kitchen Cabinet illustrates Marcel Broodthaers’ sarcastic, subversive approach. Questioning the ready-made status of art works.

To Broodthaers, everything is an egg. Found in several of his works, the shell becomes a metaphor of human origins. Kitchen Cabinet combines this typically "dada" thinking with conceptual art and Marcel Duchamp's idea of the ready-made. Broodthaers subversively and humorously transforms a cabinet into a work of art. He turns the art world’s institutional conventions upside-down and throws our relationship to creation in crisis: everything is an egg, everything is art.

Kitchen Cabinet was shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection in 2015 at the "Slip of the Tongue" exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.