Duchamp as Curator

CVs of all speakers   Marcel Duchamp‘s curatorial practice: his work, contemporary exhibitions, museums, private collections and publications

A Symposium presented by the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection
Curated by
Renate Wiehager and Katharina Neuburger
Mercedes-Benz Contemporary Berlin, Potsdamer Platz, April 25 / 26, 2017

Marcel Duchamp was active as an artist-curator for decades, in various ways. In doing so, he had a decisive influence on developments in the history of art in his era, and also significantly controlled the reception of his own artworks. Curatorial gestures and concepts determine the staging, photographic documentation and opening of his various New York studios from 1915, followed by the themes, articles, and layout designs for art magazines, and, additionally, his activities as an adviser, juror, and a staging curator for exhibitions in the context of Cubism, Dada and Surrealism, and, finally, his prominent influence on important private collections of his era. Through exhibitions, reproductions, and multiplications of his own artwork, Duchamp gave the way in which it was perceived and the perspectives on its interpretation a clear conceptual direction, making ambiguity and openness of readings the decisive factor in the constitution of the artwork. The Symposium is accompanied by

Introduction to the symposium
Detailed program
CVs of all participants
Publication on the symposium


April 25, 2017, from 5 p.m.
Renate Wiehager, Stuttgart/Berlin, D
Katharina Neuburger, Göppingen, D
(Welcome / Introduction)

Elena Filipovic, Basel, CH

April 26, 2017, from 9:30 a.m.
Akiko Bernhöft, Berlin, D
Eva Fabbris, Milan, I
Susanne M. I. Kaufmann, Stuttgart, D
Eva-Christina Kraus, Nuremberg, D
Katharina Neuburger, Göppingen, D
Kornelia Röder/Gerhard Graulich, Schwerin, D
Gesine Tosin, Berlin, D
Sandro Zanetti, Zurich, CH




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