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Ulf Linde’s 1:10 scale replica of Marcel Duchamp’s 1946–66 Étant donnés: 1. La chute d’eau, 2. Le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas), 1992.

“De ou par Marcel Duchamp par Ulf Linde”

Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts

Ulf Linde’s 1:10 scale replica of Marcel Duchamp’s 1946–66 Étant donnés: 1. La chute d’eau, 2. Le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas), 1992.

In its highest form, cultural detective work yields spectacular deductions—equal parts tease and persuasion—permitting you to freely take a leap of faith just to see what happens were the speculation to be true. This was the case for “De ou par Marcel Duchamp par Ulf Linde” (Of or by Marcel Duchamp by Ulf Linde), an extravaganza of an exhibition organized by Jan Åman and Daniel Birnbaum with Henrik Samuelsson and Susanna Slöör, centering on Linde’s sixty years of sleuthing around Marcel Duchamp’s oeuvre. Linde, once an acolyte of Duchamp and now an authority on his work, proposes that its key is a coded numerological system originally embedded in the artist’s humble Moulin à café (Coffee Mill), 1911. In Linde’s analysis, the seemingly random numbers 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8 represent the eight members of la famille Duchamp. Linde observes: “The three brothers, Gaston Duchamp

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