Marcel Duchamp

Biography

Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was a French painter, sculptor and writer, naturalized U.S. citizen in 1955.

Inventor of ready-mades in the early twentieth century, his artistic approach still has a major influence on various trends of contemporary art. Considered to be confidential at first, his works started to be widely circulated in the 60s, when most of the ready-mades—having disappeared through the artist’s various relocations or being simply destroyed—were reissued. In 1964, the Schwartz Gallery in Milan, Italy suggested they (re)make his ready-mades, in an edition of 8. Considering them as originals, since the former had been lost, this episode allowed Duchamp to bring into question a concept that is at the very core of art history, the term original being inappropriate or even senseless for a ready-made. Duchamp insists on this notion by signing one of these objects, the Porte-bouteilles, “Marcel Duchamp, Antique certifié” (certified antique). In the same spirit, VOX presents an authentic Boîte-en-valise (G series, 47 copies).

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Exhibition

Art Histories
2012.03.16 - 05.19

Of the countless artists who have engaged in institutional critiques, few have paid much heed to art history. And yet the history of art imposes, far less…

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Exhibition

Marcel Duchamp. À L'infinitif (The White Box)
2009.01.10 - 02.21

After the exhibition of Duchamp’s Green Box, VOX presents his second box project: The White Box. Another view of the artist’s creative process.

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Exhibition

Marcel Duchamp's Green Box
2008.11.06 - 12.13

To open the Green Box is to access ninety-three notes, sketches and documents—often no more than simple slips of paper—that helped…

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