are collectors by nature and by necessity. We collect artifacts,
vistas, animals, or people that serve as models or subject matter.
From found objects to other art works, artists also collect for
inspiration. The qualities of things teach lessons and nourish
us. So many studios serve as private museums, chapels of ephemera
and oddities to sustain the Muse.
In 1972 Marcel Broodthaers exhibited Musée
d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, Section des Figures
(Der Adler vom Oligozan bis Heute). This installation housed
over 300 representations of eagles from art history and popular
culture classified in a pseudo-museological manner—undermining
both the mythology of the eagle and the power of the museum.
The artifacts were accompanied by numbered labels declaring, "This
is not a work of art," in English, French, and German.