Today marks the 44th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s death in 1968. After a childhood admiring his two artist brothers, Duchamp flipped the art world upside down, then called for the abolition of the word “art” altogether. His ready-mades forced us to confront the uncomfortable question core to every museum experience… “what is art?”
Duchamp: I don’t care about the word art because it’s been so discredited.
BBC: But you contributed to the discrediting!
Duchamp: Yes, quite deliberately.
I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.
Marcel Duchamp, 28 July 1887 – 2 October 1968