The Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to announce that the Duchamp Research Portal (duchamparchives.org/) is now live! It provides free access to more than 18,000 documents and artworks, comprising nearly 50,000 digitized images related to the work and life of Marcel Duchamp.
The cross-cultural and multilingual portal is the outcome of a seven-year partnership between the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Association Marcel Duchamp, and the Centre Pompidou. Among the wealth of resources available in the portal are 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).
This pioneering cross-institutional initiative – employing linked data and deep zoom IIIF images – is the premier resource for anyone interested in studying one of the twentieth century’s greatest and most enigmatic artists.
Contributor: Kristen Regina.
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