Laziness: MBnb


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MBnb is a parlor floor apartment in which the small "b" stands for business. Inspired by the great Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers, who once wondered if he might not sell something and succeed in life, the apartment is made available to artists, designers, publishers, people in trade, and private professionals courtesy of the Broodthaers Society of America, a private entity.

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The Broodthaers Society of America is pleased to announce an ongoing performance event on the subject of laziness. The event will be accessible beginning Monday, June 21st and will continue through Sunday, August 1st.

The setting for the event is comprised of three parts: a bespoke queen-sized bed installed in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition; an online portal through which willing participants can occupy the bed during regular business hours; and new scholarship around two interviews in which the success of Marcel Broodthaers as a visual artist is largely attributed to his laziness.

In the first interview—translated here for the first time by art critic and curator Nora Kovacs—plus minus zero magazine editor Stéphane Rona asked Parisian art critic Otto Hahn to share his thoughts regarding Marcel Broodthaers on the occasion of Broodthaers' retrospective at the Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Paris. Throughout the exchange, Rona and Hahn are by turns dismissive and incredulous that such a “personalité” as Broodthaers could be fêted at the CNAC.

Piqued by the tone of this interview, Broodthaers demanded equal time. Rona obliged by conducting a corresponding interview with him for publication in the next issue of plus minus zero, but, alas, Broodthaers died three days before it was scheduled to hit the newsstands. Although this final interview by Broodthaers is well known, Laziness marks the first time it will be published in tandem, in English, with the Rona and Hahn conversation that inspired it. A fourth component of Laziness—the show's 'hidden track' so to speak—will be a first edition of the announcement with which Broodthaers’ infamously launched his career as a visual artist, the silkscreened magazine pages on which he wondered aloud whether or not he, too, might sell something and succeed in life.

Therein lies the rub. As summer begins and the sixteen-ton gears of the artworld begin to groan and turn and reengage—urging us back, back to work, back to school, back to attention-giving, back to building back better the neonormalcy of a more diverse and inclusive neoliberalism—what to make of success and resistance? Of success as resistance? Is that even possible now in a way that it was for Broodthaers? Yes, we are aware that laziness is a privileged object of consideration, a subject position that is practically unthinkable for entire swaths of the art community, let alone humanity. Nonetheless, with Marcel Broodthaers in mind, this show encourages us to consider—even perform—the "many different components entering into these definitions of laziness and work."

Situated in the former Reading Room and Archive of the Broodthaers Society of America, MBnb comprises the entire 750-square-foot parlor floor in a 125-year-old brownstone located in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem, New York. The parlor floor is a legally zoned professional space that can be used for mounting art exhibitions, launching design prototypes, or conducting private business by appointment. Adjoining private space includes a full bath, queen-sized bed, 500 thread-count linens, and garden views. The entire venue can be booked through the same portal as the original MBnb. There is a minimum stay of four days and a maximum stay of thirty.

For an additional charge, professional hosting can be provided in case you would like to, say, set up shop for a month but leave after the first week and have your wares remain on display for the remainder of time. Hours are limited, so please consult our website,, or contact us at member(at)

With its rich cultural and political histories, Harlem is a vibrant neighborhood in which to conduct business. Travel to and from the new MBnb is available via public transit, taxi, or ride sharing and is convenient from all New York-area airports.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 single bed

What this place offers

Free street parking
Air conditioning
Luggage dropoff allowed
Hair dryer
Dedicated workspace

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New York, United States

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