"Madrid, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Archivo General de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid,1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2016.
Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Madrid, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Archivo General de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid,1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2016. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Peking, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Robert Harding P.L., 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2017. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Peking, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Robert Harding P.L., 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2017. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

Installation view

Installation view

"USP, SP, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Marcelo Brodsky 2002, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2014. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Ed. 7

"USP, SP, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Marcelo Brodsky 2002, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2014. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Ed. 7

Installation view

Installation view

"Rome, 1968." From the series "1968: The fire of ideas", 2016. Black and white archival photograph © Massimo Vergari/A3/Contrasto, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist.
Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Rome, 1968." From the series "1968: The fire of ideas", 2016. Black and white archival photograph © Massimo Vergari/A3/Contrasto, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"London, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas," 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Martin Carroll, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper.
60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"London, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas," 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Martin Carroll, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Berlin, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Wolfgang Kunz, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Berlin, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Wolfgang Kunz, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Paris, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Manuel Bidermanas,1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2014. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Paris, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Manuel Bidermanas,1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2014. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Munchen, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2015. Black and white archival photograph © Friedrich Rauch, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Munchen, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2015. Black and white archival photograph © Friedrich Rauch, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Milano, 1966." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2016. Black and white archival photograph © Zanni-RCS-Constrasto, 1966, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemülhe paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Milano, 1966." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2016. Black and white archival photograph © Zanni-RCS-Constrasto, 1966, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemülhe paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Melbourne, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Australian Secret Service, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist.
Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Melbourne, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Australian Secret Service, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Bonn, 1968. From the series 1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Interfoto, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper.
60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Bonn, 1968. From the series 1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Interfoto, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

Installation view

Installation view

"Tokyo, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Bruno Barbey-Magnum, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2016. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Tokyo, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Bruno Barbey-Magnum, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2016. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"March of the Rector, Mexico, 1968. From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Rodrigo Moya 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2014. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"March of the Rector, Mexico, 1968. From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Rodrigo Moya 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2014. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Mexico, 1968." From the series "1968: The fire of ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Col M. Gutiérrez Paredes Archivo Icon UNAM, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Mexico, 1968." From the series "1968: The fire of ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Col M. Gutiérrez Paredes Archivo Icon UNAM, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Rio de Janeiro, Passeata dos cem mil 1, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2015. Black and white archival photograph © Evandro Teixera, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Rio de Janeiro, Passeata dos cem mil 1, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2015. Black and white archival photograph © Evandro Teixera, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Toronto, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas," 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Boris Spremo, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Toronto, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas," 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Boris Spremo, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Montevideo, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2016. Black and white archival photograph © Aurelio González, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Montevideo, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2016. Black and white archival photograph © Aurelio González, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Belgrade, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2017. Black and white archival photograph © Stevan Kragujevic, Collection of the Museum of Yugoslavia,1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper.
60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Belgrade, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2017. Black and white archival photograph © Stevan Kragujevic, Collection of the Museum of Yugoslavia,1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Kingston, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas," 2016. Black and white archival photograph © The Gleaner Co. Ltd, 1968, intervened with handwritten text by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Kingston, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas," 2016. Black and white archival photograph © The Gleaner Co. Ltd, 1968, intervened with handwritten text by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Chicago, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Hulton Archive, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2017.
Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Chicago, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Hulton Archive, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2017. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Paris, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Marka, Milano,1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper.
60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Paris, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Marka, Milano,1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Dakar, Sénégal, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Agence France Presse, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist.
Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Dakar, Sénégal, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Agence France Presse, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Belgrade, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Stevan Kragujeric, Collection of the Museum of Yugoslavia, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper.
60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Belgrade, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Stevan Kragujeric, Collection of the Museum of Yugoslavia, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Amsterdam, 1967." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas," 2016. Black and white archival photograph © Spaarnestad Collection National Archief, 1967, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Amsterdam, 1967." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas," 2016. Black and white archival photograph © Spaarnestad Collection National Archief, 1967, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

Installation view

Installation view

"Dakar, Sénégal, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Agence France Presse, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist.
Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Dakar, Sénégal, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Agence France Presse, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Paris, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Préfecture de Paris,1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Paris, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Préfecture de Paris,1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Bratislava, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2016. Black and white archival photograph © Ladislav Bielik, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper.
60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Bratislava, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2016. Black and white archival photograph © Ladislav Bielik, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"London, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Patrick Nairne, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2015.
Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"London, 1968". From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2018. Black and white archival photograph © Patrick Nairne, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2015. Print with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

Installation view

Installation view

"Counterculture Class, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2016. Black and white archival photograph © Archives Bozar, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist.
Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Counterculture Class, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2016. Black and white archival photograph © Archives Bozar, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Santiago de Chile, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Archivo Universidad de Santiago de Chile, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper.
60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Santiago de Chile, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Archivo Universidad de Santiago de Chile, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Mexico, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Rodrigo Moya, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper.
90 x 60 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Mexico, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Rodrigo Moya, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 90 x 60 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Beirut, 1968. From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2017. Black and white archival photograph © Archive of the special collection of the library of the American University of Beirut, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2014-2017. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 90 x 60 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Beirut, 1968. From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014-2017. Black and white archival photograph © Archive of the special collection of the library of the American University of Beirut, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2014-2017. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 90 x 60 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

Installation view

Installation view

"Madrid, Complutense University, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2018. Photograph printed on Hahnemühle cotton paper, intervened with crayon and watercolor by the artist. Original photograph: student demonstration: Madrid, 17-5-1968 at the Faculty of Sciences of the University City, guarded by agents of the Armed Police on horseback. EFE/Barriopedro/aa. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Madrid, Complutense University, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2018. Photograph printed on Hahnemühle cotton paper, intervened with crayon and watercolor by the artist. Original photograph: student demonstration: Madrid, 17-5-1968 at the Faculty of Sciences of the University City, guarded by agents of the Armed Police on horseback. EFE/Barriopedro/aa. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Cordobazo, 1969." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014. Black and white archival photograph © Eduardo Martinelli, 1969, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Cordobazo, 1969." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2014. Black and white archival photograph © Eduardo Martinelli, 1969, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Zurich, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2018. Black and white archival photograph © STR / Keystone Zürich,1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Zurich, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2018. Black and white archival photograph © STR / Keystone Zürich,1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Tucumán, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Gaceta de los Trabajadores del Ingenio San Antonio, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper.
60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

"Tucumán, 1968." From the series "1968: The Fire of Ideas", 2017. Black and white archival photograph © Gaceta de los Trabajadores del Ingenio San Antonio, 1968, intervened with handwritten texts by the artist. Printed with hard pigment inks on Hahnemühle paper. 60 x 90 cm. Monotype. Ed. 7

Installation view

Installation view

1968: The Fire of Ideas

Marcelo Brodsky

from November 16, 2021 to December 30, 2021

Marcelo Brodsky (Argentina, 1954) recovers photographs of social mobilisations from the 1960s, which he then intervenes through painting and writing. With the exhibition 1968: The Fire of Ideas, Brodsky aims to bring the great social storm of that decade closer and more tangible to a wider public. 

The aura of the archive and the recovery of memory are two recurrent themes in Brodsky's work from the very start of his career, when he presented the ESMA archive at the Palau de la Virreina in Barcelona. The strategy of intervention of archival photographs, employed by the artist, can be traced back to his 1996 work entitled The Class, which has become an iconic work in his career and was recently exhibited at the MET in New York. It is a work based on a 1967 photograph of the artist's class at the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, which he resized and then wrote some texts, thus highlighting his classmates who disappeared during the Argentine dictatorship.  

Press release and interview with the artist by David Campany

Review by theorist Luis Francisco Pérez