The Triumph of Mussels (Triomphe de Moules I [Moules Casserole])
Marcel Broodthaers, Belgian, 1924 - 1976
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Created 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.