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The Museum of Avant-garde

Marcel Duchamp

France (1887—1968)
Born to a wealthy family, Duchamp was exposed to art appreciation since his early years. After studying in Paris following his elder brother, he took off a career in painting, influenced by Post-Impressionist and Fauvism movements. In Paris, while accomodating a group called Puteaux group, he started to expose at the Salon d’Automne and later Salon des Indépendants. Here in 1912 he displayed his Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, which wasn’t well received in Paris but gained some recognition in the US. After a short stay in Germany, where he started to work on The Large Glass, he moved to US, befriending other artists such as Katherine Dreier, Beatrice Wood and Man Ray. His Fountain piece was rejected by the Society of Independent Artists – an episode that led Duchamp to abandon the panel for good. In 1920 he formed the Société Anonyme with Man Ray and Katherine Dreier. Between 1928 and 1933 he quit art to focus on chess. He returned to art only later to create the Étant donnés, which he completed in 1966, after a long artistic creation.

Étant donnés

Manual of instructions / 27.1 x 30.4 cm / 1969

Il reale assoluto

Illustrated book / 24 original lithographs / 22.2 x 32.4 cm / Milan, 1964

Tableaux aquarelles dessins par F. Picabia

Catalogue / 15.7 x 23.9 cm / Paris, 1923 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

391

Black and white / Magazine / Letterpress / 28 x 37.7 cm / Paris, 1924 / © Francis Picabia c/o Sabam, 2020

Le Pilhaou-Thibaou

Supplément illustré de “391” / Magazine / 25 x 31.9 cm / Paris, 1921 / © Francis Picabia c/o Sabam, 2020

Rongwrong

Journal / Letterpress with photomechanical metal relief images / 20.4 x 27.8 cm / New Brunswick, 1917

Cannibale 2

Magazine / Letterpress / 15.7 x 23.9 cm / Paris, 1920 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The blind man

Periodical / 21 x 27.8 cm / New York, 1917 / © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Le Surréalisme au service de la révolution

Journal / Letterpress / 20 x 28.5 cm / Paris, 1930-1933

Rrose Sélavy et moi estimons les ecchymoses des esquimaux aux mots exquis

Supplément illustré de “391” / Rotorelief for the movie “Anemic Cinéma” / 26.6 x 27 cm / Paris, 1924 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp

391

Ce numéro est entouré d'une dentelle rose / Magazine / Letterpress / 32.6 x 49.6 cm / Paris, 1920 / © Francis Picabia c/o Sabam, 2020

391

Au pluriel / Magazine / Letterpress / 37.8 x 57.3 cm / Paris, 1920 / © Francis Picabia c/o Sabam, 2020