Inside the Mind of Marcel Duchamp

Inside the Mind of Marcel Duchamp

Expressionist, Futurist, Cubist, or Dadaist? Marcel Duchamp is known as the experimental artist par excellence. Misunderstood but, at the same time, celebrated as the “inventor” of conceptual art.

Duchamp is considered to be the most influential artist of the 20th century; he elevated everyday objects to the art category and changed the concept of beauty. An experimental revolutionary who found his true voice in Dadaism, a window to express his true self. In 1914, he created Ready Made items, everyday objects (previously mentioned) taken away from their usual environment and presented as works of art. With this, he showed the scene how to portray matter on the humoristic side, which at the same time can be analyzed as criticism of fashion. Some of his works are Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2 (1912), Bicycle Wheel (1913), Fountain (1917), L.H.O.O.Q. (1919), Monte Carlo Bond (1924), and Étant Donnés (1966, his last work).

 Bicycle Wheel (1913)

The center for architectural and urban culture (Centro para la cultura arquitectónica y urbana, A.C.) by the hand of Beatriz Bastarrica Mora, will teach the course “Marcel Duchamp: Creator of Ideas”, where the different dimensions of his being will be studied, with the purpose of understanding more about today’s art, which is, in certain measure, his legacy.

Beatriz Bastarrica Mora has a Degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country, a Master’s Degree from Centro Universitario de Arte, Arquitectura y Diseño (UdG), and a PhD from Centro Universitario de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (UdG). In her practice, she combines research on the social history of clothes and art with teaching practical and theoretical art subjects, and history of clothes and fashion; in addition to the curatorship of exhibitions related to both contexts.

 Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2 (1912)

When: Tuesdays from February 11th through March 17th, 2020.

Where: Centro para la cultura arquitectónica y urbana A.C. Prisciliano Sánchez 750, Guadalajara, Jalisco.