An experimental exhibition that reveals the dynamic influence of Marcel Duchamp on the American avant-garde.

Word games, chance, paradoxes and contradictions, the artist Marcel Duchamp is considered the godfather of conceptual art. This exhibition looks at how his innovations inspired a generation of Americans, and in particular those modern masters who became the heavy hitters of the American avant-garde. Their revolutionary interpretations of his work resulted in a seismic shift in the direction of art in the 1950s.

Composer John Cage and the choreographer Merce Cunningham embraced Duchamp’s concepts of chance in dance and music. Painters Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg incorporated the artist’s Dadaist spirit, becoming the leading figures of Abstract American art and the forerunners of Pop art

The exhibition is curated by the French artist Phillippe Parreno and offers a radical interpretation of each artist's work.

Barbican Art Gallery

Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DS

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Thurs - Fri: 10:00 - 21:00

Last entry 30 minutes before closing

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