Rudolf Herz, Marcel Duchamp – Le mystère de Munich, in front of the Alte Pinakothek, München 2012, photo montage: Hans Döring © Rudolf Herz.

Rudolf Herz, Marcel Duchamp – Le mystère de Munich, in front of the Alte Pinakothek, München 2012, photo montage: Hans Döring © Rudolf Herz.

Marcel Duchamp and the Mystery of Münich, an Investigation

Barer Straße ca. 1910, right side foreground, house no. 65, Marcel Duchamp¿s flat in Munich 1912, © Stadtarchiv München.

Rudolf Herz, Marcel Duchamp – Le mystère de Munich in front of the Alte Pinakothek München, 2012, Mounting, © Horst Moser.

Rudolf Herz, Marcel Duchamp – Le mystère de Munich in front of the Alte Pinakothek München, 2012, Mounting, © Horst Moser.

Rudolf Herz, Marcel Duchamp – Le mystère de Munich in front of the Alte Pinakothek München, 2012, Mounting, © Horst Moser.

 

Pinakothek der Moderne
Architektur Museum
Technische Universitat München
Barer Strasse 40
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Marcel Duchamp – Le Mystere de Munich.
A sculpture by Rudolf Herz
n front of the Alte Pinakothek

June 22-September 30, 2012

The young and, at the time, totally unknown French artist Marcel Duchamp arrived in Munich on June 21, 1912 and lived at Barer Straße 65 for three months. This short stay in Munich 100 years ago led to a lasting change in the conception of art with the 25-year old, who should soon revolutionize Modernism. It was in Munich where he developed his first considerations concerning the »Great Glass« and the upheaval, that led from traditional oil painting to the ready-mades and thus to revolution of any previous perceptions of art, already became apparent. Until today Duchamp’s works and ideas have inspired new generations of artists. Marcel Duchamp later explained: "My stay in Munich was the scene of my complete liberation." Thus any knowledge of Duchamp’s time in Munich is of utmost importance.

In this context the Architekturmuseum shows a sculpture by Rudolf Herz on the south lawn in front of the Alte Pinakothek in close proximity to Duchamp’s place of residence. Herz, concept artist and media researcher, is recreating Duchamp’s Munich flat in a reinforced concrete outdoor sculpture at a length of 17 and a height of 7 metres. The 1:1 reconstruction of the flat, in which Duchamp had rented a 10 square meter room that he also used as a studio, is tilted by 90 degrees and thus made visible to public view. Herz closes in on Duchamp’s stay in a "criminalistic investigation," relying on sources unkown so far which provide new and surprising insights.

Realisation of the sculpture: Architect Peter Ottmann.

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive publication (Moser Verlag München), 59,00 €.

Heinrich Hoffmann, Marcel Duchamp, photograph, Munich 1912, © Rudolf Herz archive.

Marcel Duchamp, police registration form, Munich 1912, © Stadtarchiv München.

Rudolf Herz, Marcel Duchamp – Le mystère de Munich in front of the Alte Pinakothek München, 2012, Mounting, © Horst Moser.

Rudolf Herz, Marcel Duchamp – Le mystère de Munich, München 2012, architectural model, © Rudolf Herz.