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Dancing with Duchamps

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Marcel Duchamp was one of the most influential artists of the last century. Associated with the Dadaist movement, Duchamps managed to playfully and provocatively affect the course of modernism by challenging received wisdom about what art should be.
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At the Barbican, London, until 9 June

Producing works like Bicycle Wheel and Fountain (which was a signed urinal) he blurred the boundaries between art and life, embracing humour and experimenting with apparently random methods for producing art.

The Barbican in east London is currently running a major celebration of Duchamps’s work, along with theatre, dance, music, film and lectures that encapsulates the various modernist trends upon which Duchamp had such an effect.

The centrepiece of the season is an exhibition called The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns. This traces Duchamps’s influence on these four younger artists and the later emergence of pop art.

A new interpretation of the music of John Cage and the choreography of Merce Cunningham accompanies this exhibition of more than 90 works, some of which have never been seen before in Britain.

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