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Les Cases Conjugèes: Hommage à Teeny Duchamp

Musée National du Jeu de Paume

Teeny Duchamp died peacefully, not quite ninety, ever the lady, at home in Villiers-sous-Grèz on the Wednesday before Christmas. She will be much missed by those who knew her. For those who never had the chance, something of her light could still be seen last spring in this small but elegant homage at the Jeu de Paume, which was conceived by Daniel Abadie, curated by Olivier Grasser, and realized with the help of Teeny’s daughter, Jacqueline Monnier-Matisse. The show consisted simply of portrait photographs, chess sets and memorabilia, a large drawing of Teeny by Henri Matisse (the father of her first husband, Pierre), and a set of palms. It showed some of Teeny’s interests both before and after her marriage to her second husband, Marcel Duchamp. Best of all, it showed something of her.

It all went together with art, but not for art’s sake. Teeny had the gift of calming and clearing the

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