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Under the Spell of Duchamp

From 13 April to 28 December 2025

Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation

Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation

via Rafenstein, 19, Bolzano

Closed now: open at 10:00

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The Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation presents - from 13 April 2024 to 28 December 2025 - the new exhibition of the collection, entitled Under the Spell of Duchamp, curated by Eva Brioschi. The title refers to the influence of Marcel Duchamp often defined as a sort of spell (spell), under which many of the artists of the last century created their works. Duchamp is considered the forerunner of conceptual art ante litteram, since his desire to free the artist from the yoke of the production of works - created with the sole intent of satisfying the "retinal vision" - and his desire to desacralize the intended artistic gesture as a creative fury, they provoked reflections in the artists of subsequent generations on the very essence of making art.

The idea, the process, the planning moment, thus become more important than the residual object which, as a consequence of these, takes shape, or simply "appears".


The exhibition has its core in one of the iconic works of the French master: La Boîte en Valise. This mysterious object, defined as a portable house, a museum in a box, a body of works, an acculturation machine, can be considered as a device for deciphering the different practices of the artists included in this new project exhibition. Conceived during the years of the Second World War and assembled in different series over the following decades - for a total of 300 examples -, this portable museum consists of a suitcase, or a box, inside which Duchamp placed 69 miniatures and reproductions of his works. A container that becomes a means to keep your life "at hand", to be able to travel light with everything you need, and to be able to feel at home, in every part of the world.

In the two rooms on the first floor of the Foundation, a selection of works - mostly recently acquired - from Antonio Dalle Nogare's collection are displayed in a free and unexpected dialogue with La Boîte en Valise. In the room where the work is open and unfolded, to show much of its contents inside a display case placed at its centre, the surrounding walls are occupied by four important artists of the 20th century, whose poetics can be related with some of the most subversive Duchampian practices.

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