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Marcel Duchamp

Through July 15:
The Lenbach satellite, Kunstbau, will commemorate the centennial of the three-month stay of Marcel Duchamp in Munich.



In June 1912, Duchamp came to Munich to visit his friend, Max Bergmann. Only intended as a short sojourn, Duchamp decided to prolong his stay and rented an apartment near the Alte Pinakothek, the influence of which is also reflected in his work. In fact, Duchamp even wrote in a letter that his time in Munich was "a place of utter liberation". While some art critics have started to doubt Duchamp’s self-assessment of his three-month Munich period, documents nevertheless confirm that the artist was deeply influenced by visits to the Deutsches Museum and the Alte Pinakothek. An industrial exhibition in Munich is also said to have provided technical details for one of Duchamp's pieces. For the Kunstbau show, which indeed is the first solo exhibition of Marcel Duchamp in Munich, the museum has collaborated with such renowned institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Tate, London and the Centre Pompidou of Paris. Among the works on display will be Duchamp’s masterpiece “Nude, Descending a Stair, No. 2, which has never been on show in Germany before. For more information, visit


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