Excerpt from Marcel Duchamp: Art as Anti-Art
By Janis Mink
posted: 01-22-09
Marcel Duchamp Why Not Sneeze Rose SÚlavy? original 1921, replica 1964
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"Why Not Sneeze? was not a success.  Not many people saw it, and those who did found it hard to understand, but too strange to be meaningless.  It was the kind of transitional object that channeled the hot air of Dada into the lungs of Surrealism, which was at that time just evolving.  Later in 1936, Why Not Sneeze? was even included in a Surrealist exhibition in Paris.  It was placed in a showcase alongside fetishes of the Papua, as well as mathematical demonstration models from the Poincaré (scientific) Institute."

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