Duchamp is Innocent

Saturday, October 24at 4:00pm

Marcel Duchamp was an artist, a chess player and above all, a cheese smuggler. Chess: The game occupied so much of his time, that out of jealousy, his first wife glued his chess pieces to the board. As a result, their marriage lasted seven months...

Cheese: During World War II, he passed through Nazi checkpoints in Paris posing as a cheese merchant in order to transport his art materials out of Europe. He did not arouse any suspicion... 

'Duchamp is innocent' is an invitation to think about and question Duchamp’s practice as a still ongoing basis for contemporary art. While eating cheese and playing chess, together, we can contemplate how Duchamp revolutionized art making, usership and authorship. Let's make Duchamp laugh from beyond the grave, while we imagine him as the chess player, the cheese smuggler and the apparition who haunts contemporary art today.

Curated by: Helena Lugo