Marcel Duchamp — La peinture, même


Installation, painting, sculpture

Marcel Duchamp
La peinture, même

Past: September 24, 2014 → January 5, 2015

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Through a 100-odd works brought together for the first time, the Centre Pompidou is devoting a monograph exhibition to the painted work of Marcel Duchamp. With a completely new and knowingly paradoxical approach, the exhibition is designed to show the paintings of the man who, in common modernist opinion, killed painting.

At the heart of this pictorial work and the discourse of the exhibition, visitors are invited to take a new look at the paintings and drawings that led Marcel Duchamp to create his masterpiece, known as Le Grand Verre, La mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires (The Bride Stripped Bare by her Suitors, (The Large Glass)), which was begun in 1910 and declared unfinished by the artist in 1923.

Marcel duchamp l.h.o.o.q 1919 medium
Marcel Duchamp, L.H.O.O.Q, 1919 Readymade rectifié © Collection particulière & succession Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris 2014

To situate this work in the context of a long and complex creative process, Duchamp conscientiously gathered his 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 and those he called “the viewers”.

Little-known in Europe, these paintings (now mostly in the Philadelphia Museum of Art) have been reunited at the Centre Pompidou, surrounded by the pictorial, scientific and technical sources, as well those acquired from books, that Duchamp drew on during those crucial and fertile years.

The exhibition thus provides new keys for more clearly interpreting and understanding a programmatic work that is also a manifesto.

Marcel duchamp dulcin e 1911 medium
Marcel Duchamp, Dulcinée, 1911 Huile sur toile — 146.40 × 114 cm Courtesy of The Philadelphia Museum of Art / ArtResource / Scala, Florence & succession Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris 2014

From humorous drawings to the Nu descendant l’escalier, from mathematics to the theme of the “Bride”, from works on perspective to the films of Etienne-Jules Marey and Georges Méliès, from Impressionism to Cubism, and from Cranach the Elder to Edouard Manet and Odilon Redon, by way of Francis Picabia and František Kupka, the circuit takes the public step by step through the construction of one of modern art’s richest and most fascinating works, Le Grand Verre, with the aid of essential and unexpected references. The exhibition reveals Duchamp’s pictorial studies, his Fauve period, the influence of Symbolism, his Cubist explorations, and the nonsense and humour that imbued his work, notably through the artist’s original notes, now in the Centre Pompidou.

It highlights his interest in literature and words, as well as in the optical, physical and mechanical sciences.

With Marcel Duchamp. La peinture, même., the Centre Pompidou helps to write the history of the art of our times, providing a fresh look at the work of one of the most iconic figures in 20th century art.

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Place Georges Pompidou

75004 Paris

T. 01 44 78 12 33 — F. 01 44 78 16 73

Hôtel de Ville

Opening hours

Every day except Tuesday, 11 AM – 9 PM
Late night on until 11 PM

Admission fee

Full rate €16.00 — Concessions €14.00

Gratuit pour les moins de 18 ans, billet exonéré pour les moins de 26 ans. Et pour tout le monde, les premiers dimanches du mois.

Venue schedule

The artists

  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Odilon Redon
  • Constantin Brancusi
  • André Derain
  • Vassily Kandinsky
  • František Kupka
  • Fernand Léger
  • Henri Matisse
  • Francis Picabia
  • Alfred Stieglitz
And 5 others…