They were close friends and their dialogues, their collaborations, their lives have revolutionized history of art. Not exactly the same, not really different those three artists have invented/explored dadaism, futurism, abstraction...
Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Francis Picabia were at the cutting edge of art in the first half of the twentieth century, and made a lasting impression on modern and contemporary art. Duchamp invented the concept of the ‘readymade’: presenting an everyday object as an artwork, Man Ray pioneered avant-garde photographic and film techniques and Picabia’s use of kitsch, popular or low-brow imagery in his paintings undermined artistic conventions.
Their shared outlook on life and art, with a taste for jokes, irony and the erotic, forged a friendship that provided support and inspiration. At the heart of the Dada movement and moving in the same artistic circles, they discussed ideas and collaborated, echoing and responding to each other’s works. Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia explores their affinities and parallels, uncovering a shared approach to questioning the nature of art.
Marcel DuchampNude Descending a Staircase, No.2 1912Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950 © Succession Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2008
This exhibition is fantastic as museography is perfect and you can actually see an interesting mix of pieces. The Tate Modern really manages to create a rich and beautiful experience, so much better than the Dada exhibition, a few years ago in Paris at Le Centre Pompidou which showcased too many artworks in a small space. This is truly one of the best exhibition I have seen which presents this artistic friendship with a lot of intelligence.
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