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The Essential Duchamp

Left to right: Marcel Duchamp Fountain 1950 (replica of 1917 original) Philadelphia Museum of Art: 125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift (by exchange) of Mrs. Herbert Cameron Morris, 1998-74-1; Marvin Lazarus Duchamp at Museum of Modern Art’s Art of Assemblage Exhibition (Standing next to urinal and behind bicycle wheel) 1961 Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of Jacqueline, Paul and Peter Matisse in memory of their mother Alexina Duchamp, 13-1972-9(412). Artworks © Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP. Licensed by Copyright Agency

The most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the art and life of Marcel Duchamp ever to be seen in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Essential Duchamp includes approximately 150 works and related documentary materials spanning the artist’s six-decade career. Drawn from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s definitive collection of works by Duchamp, as well as its incomparable library and archival holdings relating to the artist, The Essential Duchamp offers audiences a unique account of the fascinating life and influential work of one of the 20th century’s most original artistic figures.

This major exhibition will include important early works that have not before been seen in the Asia-Pacific region including Portrait of Dr. Dumouchel 1910, Sonata 1911, and Chocolate Grinder (No. 2) 1914, along with many other key works, among them Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2) 1912 which made Duchamp’s name when it was exhibited at the epochal Armory Show in New York in 1913.

The exhibition will be presented at the Tokyo National Museum, Japan to mark the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death, before travelling to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea, and the Art Gallery of NSW.

The Essential Duchamp is organised by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The international tour has been made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Art Gallery of NSW, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Terra

Apr – Aug 2019

Charges apply
Tickets available closer to exhibition opening