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Les Animaux de la ferme , 1974

Farm Animals, 1974
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Marcel Broodthaers’ graphic work, Les Animaux de la ferme (Farm Animals), establishes a parallel between several breeds of cattle and car manufacturers. Presented in a grid similar to the pages of an educational or scientific manual, the different names of oxen and cows have been replaced by makes of car. The makes Mercedes, Renault, Maserati or Volkswagen designate different breeds of cattle. Les Animaux de la ferme is linked to other works by the artist in which he explores the workings of classification systems, producing what might be called a second order of classification.
Broodthaers plays with visual and linguistic meanings in a similar way to one of his creative references and friend, Rene Magritte, a fellow Belgian and painter.

Technical details

Original title:
Les Animaux de la ferme
Registration number:
1601
Artist:
Broodthaers, Marcel
Date created:
1974
Date acquired:
2000
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Graphic work (editions)
Media:
Offset print, duotone on cardboard
Dimensions:
82 x 60 cm (ancho x alto)
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Copyright:
© Estate of Marcel Broodthaers, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
No

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