1111Marcel Duchamp's conceptual art at the Fabbrica del Vedere in Venice
Ironic and esoteric, painter, sculptor and chess player. One of the greatest and most conscious artists of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) on the 130th anniversary of his birth comes to the exhibition spaces of the Fabbrica del Vedere in Calle del Forno, Cannaregio 3857, in Venice.
He was one of the most sagacious and innovative protagonists of conceptual art, from Cubism to Dadaism to Surrealism, the disruptive art flows that crossed Europe in the early twentieth century.
From Saturday 29 April, the Fabbrica del Vedere will exhibit one of the rare completed survivors of the "Rotoreliefs" of 1935 and will screen two short cinematographic works where they are visible, "Anémic Cinèma" and the aforementioned "Dreams that money can buy" by Hans Richter. The last work by Duchamp, the nine engravings that illustrate the second volume "The large glass and related works" of his most illustrious and faithful biographer, Arturo Schwarz, will be exhibited with "The Odyssey of the Bride and Of the Bachelor interrupted at a crucial time of the Great Glass before they met. "
The first half of the 1900s is marked by the flashy intuitions (Le nu déscendant an éscalier, 1912, the Ready-made, The Great Glass, the Fountain-Knot) and among the various interests will always be intrigued by the third dimension. Just in this perspective in 1926, after a failed attempt, he also approached the cinema: with Man Ray building "Anémic Cinéma", alternating with the rotation of ten spiral-shaped discs (Rotoreliefs) nine calembour nonsense in French.
The film is linked to the artistic path of Duchamp and can be placed midway between avant-garde and real cinema, being made after the dissolution of Dadaism, while surrealism was still emerging. The film has no plot, it passes from hypnotic images to phrases in French, word games or mongering: it lasts seven minutes and its title is a double anagram. Around the mid-thirties Duchamp tries to market the Rotorieliefs by realizing a series of colors that will not meet any success at that time. And that, cast in one another, along with other figurative elements such as a "Nu déscendant an éscalier" with John Cage playing a "prepared piano" will also be the basis of an episode of "Dreams that money can buy" by Hans Richter in America in 1947, an authentic "swan song" of the avant-garde cinematic history, rewarded at the Venetian Film Festival annual event.
The exhibition opens on Saturday, April 29th at 6pm and ends on Friday 28 July 2017, the artist's 130th birthday, every day, except Tuesday, from 5pm to 7pm.
(From La Nuova in Venice, Mestre, Thursday 27 April 2017)