From October 14, 2023 to March 18, 2024, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents Marcel Duchamp and the seduction of the copy, curated by Paul B. Franklin, an independent scholar living in Paris and one of the leading experts on Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968). This is the first major solo exhibition that the museum has dedicated to Duchamp, one of the most influential and innovative artists of the twentieth century, a historic friend and advisor to the American patron Peggy Guggenheim.
With around sixty works created between 1911 and 1968, the exhibition presents iconic works from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, such as Nude (sketch), Sad Young Man on a Train (1911) and Box in a Suitcase (1935-41), and by other prestigious Italian and American museum institutions, including the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Alongside this precious nucleus of works, a series of works less known to the general public belonging to the artist's estate as well as private collections. Many works on display, approximately half, also come from the eminent Venetian collection of Attilio Codognato, a far-sighted collector who has been interested in the French artist's production since the early 1970s.
By reproducing his works with different techniques, in different sizes and limited editions, Duchamp demonstrates that some duplicates and their originals offer similar aesthetic pleasure. It is precisely in this way that he redefines what constitutes a work of art and, by extension, the identity of the artist. Examining the absolutely innovative and varied ways in which Duchamp cited himself throughout his long artistic career, the exhibition itinerary develops in several interrelated sections, offering the unique opportunity to connect a fundamental selection of the artist's works , this essential exercise, as repeatedly supported by Duchamp, to understand his aesthetic project.