Two-Part Exhibition on Life of Marcel Duchamp at Hirshhorn Museum

Two-Part Exhibition on Life of Marcel Duchamp at Hirshhorn Museum

A two-part exhibition examining the life and Marcel Duchamp is being hosted by Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. The first part, “Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection,” will be on view from November 9, 2019, through October 12, 2020.

As per the museum’s official release, the first part of the exhibition will showcase the recent gift of over 50 major historical artworks, including more than 35 seminal works by Duchamp, promised to the museum by Washington, D.C., collectors Barbara and Aaron Levine. The second part, which will be on view from April 18, 2020, through October 12, 2020, will examine Duchamp’s lasting impact through the lens of the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection, including significant works by a diverse roster of modern and contemporary artists.

According to Hirshhorn Director, Melissa Chiu, “The Levines’ gift is transformative for the Hirshhorn and because of their generosity we are able to present the works of one of the most significant artists of the 20th-century, whose influence is still felt by artists working today. Through this exhibition, museum visitors will observe first-hand the evolution of Duchamp’s creative output alongside examples of artworks by his peers and artists of subsequent generations.”

“Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection” will include a number of Duchamp’s most famous readymades, including “Hat Rack,” “Comb,” “Apolinere Enameled,” “With Hidden Noise,” “L.H.O.O.Q.” and “Why Not Sneeze?,” along with a number of Duchamp’s unique drawings and prints related to his magnum opus, “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass),” including “Pendu Femelle,” “Studies for the Bachelors in the Cemetery of Uniforms and Liveries, No. 2,” “Bride” and “Nine Malic Moulds.”

In addition to this, the first part will also include portraits of Duchamp, as well as works by his contemporaries and those he influenced, such as Man Ray, Tristan Tzara, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, and Irving Penn, among others.

The second exhibition will explore his works from the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection that touches upon a number of broad themes pivotal to the artist’s work.


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