There are few artists whose work and personality are as fascinating as those of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968). As the inventor of the readymade who boldly declared an everyday object a work of art, he revolutionised art history and paved the way for conceptual art. His seminal works and writings continue to have an enormous impact on contemporary artistic practice.
For the first time, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart is presenting its extensive Marcel Duchamp holdings and the appurtenant Serge Stauffer Archive in an exhibition. Seminal pieces from the Staatsgalerie’s collection, among them the Bottlerack, the painting Study for The Chocolate Grinder No 2 and the window object La Bagarre d’Austerlitz, will be shown alongside a selection of international loans.
The display is complemented by a unique archive put together by the Swiss artist and Duchamp scholar Serge Stauffer (1929- 1989). The exhibition is the first to pre
sent the ‘100 Questions’ Stauffer put to Duchamp in 1960 as part of a correspondence that went for many years. Duchamp’s ‘100 Answers’ offer important insights into the artist’s intellectual and creative practice and bear witness to the depth of Stauffer’s unusual research.
Developed with the support of the Volkswagen Foundation, the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue will provide new insights into the work of Marcel Duchamp and his international reception.