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Video: what you need to know about Duchamp’s Fountain

Published 16 December 2017

2017 marks 100 years since a porcelain urinal changed the course of modern art. In this video, Professor Dawn Ades tells the story behind Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’.

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    Marcel Duchamp's Fountain 100 years on

    Icon, or iconoclastic? A sly joke or a serious statement about modern art? Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ is one of the most influential artworks of the 20th century. In this video, Dalí / Duchamp co-curator Dawn Ades explains how it came into being, and the instant uproar it caused in 1917 New York.