Modern and Contemporary Art
The Triumph of Mussels (Triomphe de Moules I [Moules Casserole])
Marcel Broodthaers, Belgian, 1924 - 1976
Painted and enameled iron alloy; mussel shells with paint
Currently not on view
1997-43-1Gift (by exchange) of Mr. and Mrs. R. Sturgis Ingersoll and Mrs. Herbert Cameron Morris, 1997
LabelCreated from the discarded shells of mussels, a culinary specialty of the artist's native Belgium, this assemblage equates cuisine with culture, wittily prodding viewers to question how a museum reveres strange objects from different nations. The French word for mussel, "moule," also means "mold," a punning allusion to the traditional sculptural techniques that Broodthaers rejected.