Marcel Duchamp

24th September 2014 - 5th January 2015

With a hundred-odd works, the Centre Pompidou is devoting an excep­tional monographic exhibition to the pictorialwork of Marcel Duchamp, centred on the paintingand drawings that led to the celebrated Le Grand Verre,”La mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même“ (The Bride Stripped Bare by her Suitors, Even (The Large Glass))between 1910 and 1923.Through an unusual and deliberately paradoxical ap­proach,the exhibition shows the pictures of the man who,in the common modernist opinion, killed painting. Marcel Duchamp, though an icono­clastic ”anartist“ from the Twenties onwards, conscientiously gathered his previous paintings together in the hands of a small circle of collect­ors,and replicated them in his Boîte-en-Valise (Box in a Suitcase)for posterity (the viewers), in order to show his great work- Le Grand Verre - as part of a long, consistent and complex creat­ive process. Little known in Europe, these paintings,now mostly in the Phil­adelphia Museum, will be brought together for the occasion, surrounded by the pictorial,scientif­ic and technical sources, as well those acquired from books, that Duchamp drew on during these crucial and fer­tile years. From humorous drawings to the Nu descendant l’escalier,from mechanics to the theme of the ”Bride“, from works on perspective to the films of Marey and Méliès,from Impres­sionism to Cubism, and Cranach the Elder to Manet, taking in Francis Pica­bia and Kupka alongthe way, the circuit takes the public step by step through the construction of one of the most enigmatic bodies of works in modern art. It puts the spotlight on Duch­amp's pictorial stud­ies, his Fauve period, the influence of Symbolism,his Cubist and mathemat­ical explorations, the nonsense and humour he imbued his work with, and his keen interest in language and the optic­al, physical and mechanical sciences. Providing a rich environment for a meticulously thought out creative process, the exhibition thus provides keys to interpreting Duch­amp's pro­grammatic work La mariéemise à nu par ses célibataires, même.