Nationality: french

Marcel Duchamp (28 Jul 1887 – 2 Oct 1968)

“Arguably the 20th century's greatest art iconoclast, Marcel Duchamp devoted his entire career to debunking pre-existing ideas about art, which he believed should appeal to the intellect rather than the senses. Encouraged by the storm of controversy sparked by his painting Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 at the 1913 Armory Show, Duchamp moved to New York in 1915. He was extremely active in the fledgling American avant-garde, editing several Dada magazines, inventing word games and puns, and designating ordinary objects as “readymade” works of art. During this period, he cemented a life-long working friendship with Man Ray.” —Michael R. Taylor

Rrose Sélavy (1920-1950)

“Artworks by the fictitious Rrose Sélavy first appeared in 1920 and subsequently Duchamp used her as his feminine alter ego. Her name implies she is driven by erotic power; the antithesis of Duchamp’s cool, cerebral character. For this reason, Duchamp attributed certain works to her. Man Ray photographed Duchamp as Rrose on numerous occasions.” —R. Bruce Elder/Bruce Posner

Courtesy Masterworks of American Avant-garde Film 1920-1970

Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941


1925-1926 / 35mm / b&w / silent / single screen / 7' 05 / 40 € or 28 €
distribution: 16mm or Digital file on server