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Marcel Duchamp: a play by Guillaume Désanges and Frédéric Cherboeuf
Paris, 1913. Marcel Duchamp mounts a bicycle wheel onto the top of a kitchen stool, the first of his ‘readymades’: art (or is it?) made from ordinary manufactured objects. The same year, he exposes his Nude Descending a Staircase at the Armory Show in New York, which sparks outrage and protests among viewers.
One hundred years later, French curator Guillaume Désanges and actor Frédéric Cherboeuf consider art’s most revered iconoclast in a one-person show that is at once ambitious, inventive, comic, and poetic. “We wanted to know why the most important artist of the XXth century is unknown from the general public. We also wanted to make a show as interesting for Duchamp's experts as for our own mums.”
Originally co-produced by le Phénix, Valenciennes, the play made its debut as part of the Nouveau Festival at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Marcel Duchamp is part of the LIVE 2013 International Performance Biennale as a North-American Premiere, co-presented with SFU Woodwards.
Guillaume Désanges is a curator and art critic, founder of Work Method, a Paris based agency for curatorial projects.
Marcel Duchamp is made possible through a support from the French Consulate in Vancouver.