The forefather of modern art
To mark the centenary of the first ‘ready-made’ Bicycle Wheel (1913), by Marcel Duchamp the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome is dedicating an exhibition to one of the most influential artists of the Twentieth Century. Duchamp’s ready-mades, items found and re-made as art, shattered traditional boundaries and were a watershed in how art was perceived and expressed. The exhibition focuses mainly on Duchamp’s works donated by collector Arturo Schwartz that were fundamental in Duchamp’s creative path.
Humour pervades the exhibition as it did Duchamp’s life, evident from an equipped art corner along with playful pieces in homage to Duchamp’s work from experimental Italian artists Baj, Baruchello, Dangelo, and Patella who were in contact with him in the 1960’s.
Marcel Duchamp (1887 -1968) was a French-American artist, art advisor and avid chess player. He was involved in, yet remained aloof from conceptualised movements such as avant-garde, surrealism and Dadaism, remaining a facilitator of new ideas that in turn shaped modern art.
Till 9 February 2014
The National Gallery of Modern Art
Viale delle Belle Arti, 131
Entry Fee €10/8