Carte politique du monde , ca.1970

Political World Map, ca.1970
Work on paper (unique), 99.8 x 120 cm
We tend to assume that maps give us objective information, forgetting that they were made by humans and are constantly modified. To demonstrate that all cartographic representations are selective and somehow subjective, Marcel Broodthaers made a series of works using world maps. At times he slightly alters the dimensions of certain countries, while at others he incorporates words that ‘intervene’ in our reading of the maps. In Carte politique du monde, Broodthaers takes a political map of the world and mounts it on a black background, captioning it with the word Modèle inscribed in gold letters. Influenced by René Magritte, who was one of his references, the artist reminds us that all maps are models, i.e.
selective representations. While they may be useful, they are inevitably simplified and distorted.

Technical details

Original title:
Carte politique du monde
Registration number:
Broodthaers, Marcel
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Work on paper (unique)
Collage and paint on paper
99.8 x 120 cm (ancho x alto)
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Herbig long-term loan
© Estate of Marcel Broodthaers, VEGAP, Barcelona
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