said, he hated repetition? Exactly — that was the crucial point in staring
at Marcel Duchamp's work for almost one century. The solution does not
lie in an agreement of the scholars, but in the deconstruction of this
vain palace of interpretations. You are doing the main job. Just looking
at the phenomena and describing the context — the context not of the
original work, but of our own knowledge. It does not matter what his
intentions were, but what we can understand. We all know that Marcel
Duchamp will be of importance still in the next decades, much more than
all the Picassos. But to realize this, someone had to come and tell
us: He did not do the thing as he was declaring and explaining to them.
We have to think on our own (Oh, gosh) — that's the difficult thing.
For this reason you are discovering seemingly simple things, such as
the "Green Box" surprises and the 3 Stoppages (which really tell us
"Stop the pages of art history"). Is it all so obvious, but not for
blind men. Our beloved Marcel Duchamp is falling apart — that makes
him hateable, but interesting again and again.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Zaunschirm
Department of Art History, Essen University, Germany
p.s.- Many congratulations for your online-magazine. One could not wish
Some Duchamp-related postcards from Thomas Zaunschirm: