Lecture by Thierry de Duve

ms², Ogrodowa 19, audiovisual room
25th January 2017, Wednesday at 18:00 hrs, admission free

Lecture in English. The event accompanies the exhibition „Nahum Tevet: Works on Glass, 1972–1975”

In 1917, with the photo of a urinal baptized Fountain, Marcel Duchamp sent so to speak a telegram or put a message in the mail. When did the message arrive? With what effects on the art world? What was its content? What major change in the Western art institution was Duchamp the messenger of? To address these question we will have to embark on a journey through time and space, which will have us reach back as far as 1648 and commute more than once between Paris and New York.


Thierry de Duve – Belgian professor of Modern and Contemporary Art Theory, specializing in the art of Marcel Duchamp and the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Throughout his career, he has been a visiting professor at MIT and the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Distinguished Visiting Professor in Contemporary Art in Penn’s History of Art Department. De Duve is currently the Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor of Art History at Hunter College, New York. Not only is he an art curator of worldwide renown, but he also continuously publishes books in the field. His bibliography includes such titles as „The Definitely Unfinished Marcel Duchamp” (1993), „Kant After Duchamp” (1998) or „Sewn in the Sweatshops of Marx” (2012). 

Thierry de Duve believes that there is no difference between modern, post-modern or even contemporary art, due to the fact that everything comes down to the same logic and the particular set of rules. Art, as he claims, has no essence. It is thus simply what we call by that name.

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