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Conversations with the bride,



Imants Tillers


30 Jul 1950 -


Imants Tillers' installation 'Conversations with the bride' 1974-1975 stages a critical dialogue with Marcel Duchamp's famed painting 'The bride stripped bare by her bachelors, even' 1915-23, also known as 'The large glass'. Tillers' 'Conversations with the bride' comprises a system of 112 miniature paintings and photographs, fixed atop of 'coupled' aluminium tripods. Each image is appropriated from Duchamp's 'The large glass', as well as Hans Heysen's emblematic Australian landscape watercolour 'Summer' 1909 in the Art Gallery of New South Wales' collection, and textbook illustrations of gum trees.

The work exemplifies Tillers' postmodern strategy of 'intertexuality' whereby the relationship between artworks, artists and viewers is explored through the layering of historic and contemporary references from art and literature.




Media category


Materials used

gouache, synthetic polymer paint on paper, type C photograph, aluminium


dimensions variable :

112 paintings, 12.7 x 18.3 cm, each painting

112 tripods, 163 cm, each tripod [height)

7 photographs, 43 x 58 x 3.3 cm, each frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1976


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Imants Tillers

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 8 publications


Wystan Curnow, Imants Tillers and the 'Book of Power', "Part 1: Imants Tillers', Singapore, 1998, 12-14, 12-13 (illus.), 17, 19.

Jenepher Duncan (Editor), Off the Wall / In the Air: A seventies selection, Unknown, 1991. cat. no. 137

Deborah Hart (Curator) and Imants Tillers (Artist), Imant Tillers: one world many visions, 'Introduction: a work in progress', pg. 1-17, Canberra, 2006, 6 (colour illus.), 7.

John Kaldor AO (Curator), An Australian Accent, Sydney, 1984, 19 (illus.). figure no. 13

Charles Merewether, Towards Infinity: works by Imants Tillers, Displacement, Diaspora, Dissemination', pg.21-27, Mexico, 1999, 22, 24, 30 (colour illus.), 31 (colour illus.). cat. no 1

Imants Tillers, Australia: XIII Bienal de São Paulo, 'Imants Tillers, Bienal de Sao Paulo, Australia 1975, Conservations with the Bride', Sydney, 1975, (illus.). illustrations of the 7 framed photographs

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Cultural memory, critical distance', pg.154-203, Sydney, 2006, 156, 198 (colour illus.).

Donald Williams and Colin Simpson, Art now: contemporary art post - 1970, Sydney, 1994, 27 (colour illus.). fig. 2.5