Fountain or Not

Paper maché, plaster, crocheted recycled plastic
360 x 480 x 610 mm
Madrid, 2013

“A Museum That is not, one could say begins and ends in Marcel Duchamp’s Studio ….”. Almost a hundred years later, Fountain or Not, a handmade replica of the original, wrapped in crocheted recycled plastic is exhibited in Darya von Berner’s studio.

Duchamp’s Fountain, submitted for the exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in 1917, was rejected by the selection committee, although some historians and art theorists, as Peter Bürger, considered it an important milestone in the art of 20th century. After much debate about whether or not the piece was art, Fountain was hidden during the show.


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