Tuesday, October 20, 2009

1942, New York - Mile of String, Marcel Duchamp

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.

The gallery space, such a predetermined expectation. And Duchamp stays as the first to play on expecatations and challenge every inch of them. From then on what we see are replays of what his first attempt produced. More soon ...

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