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Marcel Duchamp and the 20th Century Art

November 3(Wed.) - December 19(Sun.), 2004

The National Museum of Art, Osaka is holding the exhibition "Mirrorical Returns: Marcel Duchamp and 20th Century " as a grand opening exhibition of the new building of our museum in downtown, Osaka.
Marcel Duchamp, who has been called "Father of Post-modern Art" or "Master of Dada," has given huge influence on the 20th Century Art.
This exhibition aims to re-read the 20th Century Art through Duchamp. Over seventy works by Duchamp himself, from oil paintings in 1910's such as Nude Descending a Staircase No.2 to the works in 1960's, are in the first section. And in the second section, over 80 works by American, European, and Japanese artists after World War II, which have close relation to his works are exhibited.
For the past twenty years, we have had no chance to appreciate his works all together in Japan. In this sense, an art exhibition of Marcel Duchamp has been anticipated for a long time, and we are sure that this will be the most significant exhibition reconsidering his achievement, today.


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Nu descendant un escalier [N° 2 ]
1912 Oil on canvas 146.0×89.0 Philadelphia Museum of Art
©Succession Marcel Ducamp/ADAGP, Paris & JAVACS, Tokyo, 2004
©Philadelphia Museum of Art : The Louise & Walter Arensberg Collection

La manee mise anu par celibataires, meme(Tokyo version)
1915-23/1980 Oil, vanish, lead wire and dust on glass
227×175.0 Art Museum of the College of Art and
Sciences, University of Tokyo
©Succession Marcel Duchanp/ADAGP, Paris & JAVACS, Tokyo, 2004


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