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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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