Marcel Duchamp in Munich, Lenbachhaus, Kunstbau

“My stay in Munich was the scene of my complete liberation”, the French artist Marcel Duchamp wrote about his time at the Isar. Duchamp became famous through his so-called readymades, industrially produced objects which he defined as works of art. The Frenchman who thereby revolutionized the art term visited Munich in 1912, thus exactly 100 years ago. He lived in Barerstraße for three months, visited the Hofbräuhaus, Nymphenburg Palace, the Alte Pinakothek and the Deutsche Museum where he was inspired by exhibits of science and technology. His work “Nude, Descending a Staircase, No. 2” was rejected by the Paris Salon in 1912, today it is regarded as one of the most famous paintings of modern age and is on display for the first time in Germany.

Exhibition till July 15

Image: Marcel Duchamp, Nude, Descending a Staircase, No.2” 1912, Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950 © Succession Marcel Duchamp, Paris / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012