May 16, 2022

Report: “Philadelphia Museum of Art Joins With Two International Institutions to Publish Massive Marcel Duchamp Archives Online”

From The Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, which holds the largest collection of artworks by Marcel Duchamp in the world, has joined with the Centre Pompidou and Association Marcel Duchamp in Paris to combine all of their archival holdings online and make them freely available to the public.

The Duchamp Research Portal, which went live Monday, covers the entirety of the enigmatic artist’s life and work in France and the United States, through archival documents, correspondence, and supporting images. The portal can be found at


The portal gives access to about 18,000 documents and artworks and nearly 50,000 digitized images related to Duchamp’s work and life, his family and friendships, and his connections in the avant-garde art community, including his associations with Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism.

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Among the wealth of resources available will be the vast Alexina and Marcel Duchamp Papers and Arensberg Archives at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the archival collections of the Association Marcel Duchamp, the André Breton and Constantin Brancusi collections at the Centre Pompidou, and holdings relating to major Duchamp retrospective exhibitions held in Philadelphia in 1973 and at the Centre Pompidou in 1977. The archive also contains materials linked to the development and installation of the artist’s final major work, Étant donnés 1° la chute d’eau, 2° le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas) (1946–66).

Over the course of a career that spanned seven decades, Marcel Duchamp rebelled against conventional ways of making art, charting an entirely new course for himself as an artist. Ultimately, Duchamp came to define himself as a “respirateur,” or ”breather,” his term for someone who generates his ideas about art through the activities of everyday life. The Duchamp Research Portal will make it possible for the general public and specialists alike to explore the remarkable work and life of an iconic figure in the history of modern art who changed all the rules of the game.

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