Marcel Duchamp

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Image Credit: © Marcel Duchamp, Mile of String, 1942, New York

In 1942, Andre Breton organised a retrospective exhibition of Surrealist art in New York: First Papers of Surrealism. For the vernissage Marcel Duchamp created this installation – a gigantic web – called the Mile of String. He and Breton furthermore arranged for a number of children to ball in the room thereby making it very difficult for the guests to see the paintings.

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4 thoughts on “Marcel Duchamp

  1. I like to credit Marcel Duchamp (along with many other important things) as the first to make installation art. He is my hero. He redefined art as people new it; which means there are probably a lot of people who despise him since art is no longer something just rendered well and matches your living room couch.

  2. This is where the Amercian Artist and the European Immigrant as artist, come to life as one, and it was a very obcure decade and several decades after until this event was taken for real as a form of “Art Happening”, which had no meaning yet, it is a very important statment for today..A/T, Duchamp Historian.

  3. I think it is very inspiring to have looked at the way Duchamp modified and adapted his art over the years. I can definitely appreciate the way in which he pushed the boundaries of what art can be. I may not necessarily agree with submitting a signed toilet as a work of art, I can appreciate its message, even if it only seemed to provoke a mass of critics debating over what that message really was.

  4. I love how Duchamp does anything he wants and calls it art. I agree an upside down urinal or a room full of string doesn’t seem like much to the uneducated eye, but that’s the joy of Duchamp’s work. He questions the definition of art and convinces the viewer to believe in the absurd. I’m sure this exhibit was much better in person, this photo just doesn’t do it justice.

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