Buenos Aires

Marcel Duchamp, 3 Standard Stoppages, 1913–14, wood, thread, paint, canvas, and glass, dimensions variable.

Marcel Duchamp, 3 Standard Stoppages, 1913–14, wood, thread, paint, canvas, and glass, dimensions variable.

Buenos Aires

Marcel Duchamp

Fundación PROA
Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929 y Caminito
November 13, 2008–January 31, 2009

Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM)
Parque Ibirapuera gate 3 - s/nº
July 15–September 21, 2008

If the readymade readily entered the museum, other Duchampian practices have been gelid to institutional embrace. Duchamp's exhibition designs, curatorial projects, typographic experiments, and precision-optics demonstrations are more often read about in books than encountered in galleries. The first major solo exhibition of Duchamp's work in Latin America, organized by Elena Filipovic and titled “A Work That Is Not a Work 'of Art,'” focuses on such endeavors and their unruly attitude toward desire and containment—with more than 140 works from 1913 until the artist's death in 1968, including a replica of the “Large Glass,” 1915–23; studies for the peepholed Étant donnés, 1946–66; and several editions of the Boîte-en-valise Duchamp worked on over three decades. Along with a catalogue, an international symposium and a concert series will bolster the show's multimedia aspirations. Travels to Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Nov. 13, 2008–Jan. 31, 2009.