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Washington art museum receives more than 30 extraordinary artworks by Marcel Duchamp!
Updated: Mar 14, 2019
Washington Art Museum will receive 35 major art creations By Marcel Duchamp
A couple of collectors donated their art collection and library to the Hirshhorn Museum. The establishment announced yesterday that it would soon welcome in its collections 35 pieces created by Marcel Duchamp, including several emblematic works of his work, such as The Bride Exposed by his Singles, the Hat-Holder or a version of the famous L.H.O.O.Q.
This collection is accompanied by portraits of the artist and photographs of several of his contemporaries, including works by Man Ray, Tristan Tzara, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus and Irving Penn. Rare catalogs and several critical works of the 1930’s complete the gift.
Organized on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Duchamp's death, this donation will allow the museum to present one of the most important public collections dedicated to the French artist, naturalized American in 1955, with those of the Philadelphia Museum and MoMA in New York. .
Donors Barbara and Aaron Levine insist on making this collection of Duchamp's works accessible. They specify that a "free museum receiving nearly a million visitors a year is the ideal place for these works".
To highlight these new acquisitions, an exhibition dedicated to Marcel Duchamp is planned for autumn 2019.
Melissa Chiu, director of the museum, explains to Artnet news that she will focus on the "context in which Duchamp was working, beginning of an intense industrial period, and will seek to understand how his work has influenced today's artists. "
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