Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Large Glass. Reflection.

There were so many Marcel Duchamp pieces at Moderna Museet, some I have never seen in person before, for example "The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, even" (La mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même) or "the Large Glass". Apparently the original is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but according to Wikipedia he made a replica of it in 1961 for Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

In general there are quite a bit of art works created specifically for Moderna Museet, by Duchamp, Rauchenberg, Niki de Saint Phalle and Öyvind Fahlström to name a few. I really sensed the extent to which the institution left its mark on the contemporary art scene of the 60s - and vice versa.

Anyhow, I just read a little about the museum and learned about the late Pontus Hultén, who was the director of Moderna Museet from 1960 to 1973. It seems he has been a most charismatic and visionary character in the modern art world, and was also one of the founders of Centre Pompidou in Paris, not to mention its director from the mid 70s to 1981.

So good to learn about the connections of the parts that make up "the whole".

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