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January 25, 2022 3:36 PM   Subscribe

Marcel Duchamp archives have been put online by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and two international institutions.
The Archives; over 20,000 documents and nearly 800 museum exhibits all zoomable. Enjoy.
posted by adamvasco (8 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
Oh excellent! Duchamp is possibly my favorite artist.
posted by Ayn Marx at 4:58 PM on January 25 [3 favorites]

Ditto, Ayn Marx! This is fantastic!

errr...except that nothing is showing up for me.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:05 PM on January 25

posted by adamvasco at 3:55 AM on January 26

posted by R. Mutt at 8:38 AM on January 26 [2 favorites]

Dada’s home: organisations in France and the US launch vast Marcel Duchamp research portal.
A little more about this from The Art Newspaper.
posted by adamvasco at 9:55 AM on January 26

Oh booo - I can access the archives, but they only have one photo for Duchamp's "Étant donnés…" work, and it is just a picture of the door. The whole idea is that if you go the door and peek through one of the cracks in it, there is a whole elaborate scene behind it. I am stunned the archive didn't include that as a second picture.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:00 AM on January 27

Empress - there are some 400 Étant Donnes related posts in the Museum Collections.
posted by adamvasco at 3:58 AM on January 28

Right, but you only see that if you specifically go looking for it. If you don't know about what the work is, and you're just browsing the collection, all you are shown is that photo of the door and that can easily leave someone who doesn't know about it to think "huh, it's just a door, big deal".
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:52 AM on January 28

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