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Marcel Duchamp and the Fountain Scandal

April 1–December 3, 2017

The curious story behind one of the most notorious works of modern art

One hundred years ago, Duchamp's Fountain turned the art world upside down. Was it art? A hoax? Join us as we celebrate the centennial of the provocative and influential work that changed the course of modern art. Learn the story of Fountain, with period photographs, publications, and more of the artist's readymades from our unrivaled Duchamp collection.

What's a Readymade?

Duchamp's readymades are mass-produced objects that the artist chose, signed, and sometimes inscribed with mysterious phrases. He used them to shake up the accepted norms of artistic creation. Duchamp considered them his greatest achievement.

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This exhibition is made possible by the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Matthew Affron, The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art; and John Vick, Collections Project Manager

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