“Chacun son Marcel”? Meerduidigheid in het werk van Marcel Duchamp

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“Chacun son Marcel”? Meerduidigheid in het werk van Marcel Duchamp

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: “Chacun son Marcel”? Meerduidigheid in het werk van Marcel Duchamp
Author: Jansen, Hubert Marie Lambert (Bert)
Publisher: Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2015-03-31
Keywords: Marcel Duchamp
Potential image
Educated guesswork
Abstract: In my overview of the reception of Duchamp I examine the plurality of possible approaches. I demonstrate that the cause of this diversity is primarily a result of the ambiguity of Duchamp. Dario Gamboni's conception of the artwork as a potential image allowed me to consider diverse views about Duchamp as complementary instead of mutually exclusive. Ambiguous images make the viewer aware of his active way of looking. The method I propose is similar to the "educated guesswork" of archaeologists and palaeontologists– an informed guess based on secondary evidence that supports a hypothesis. This approach respects and values the claim of Duchamp on indifference and allows for multiple meanings of a work to coexist. That this produces a more speculative kind of art history seems consistent with the cultural life of the period around 1900 that is characterized by the desire for ambiguity. Finally my ideas for a speculative art history will be put into practice, as I will search for that which has potentially played a role in the development of the works. Special attention is devoted to Duchamp’s language play, in which his ambiguous attitude emerges concretely.
Description: Promotor: C.J.M. Zijlmans
With Summary in English
A comprehensive summary can be found in 'Relief- Revue Electronique de Littérature Francaise',10(1), pp.30–69 Jansen, B., (2016). More about Duchamp's wordplay. http://doi.org/10.18352/relief.924
Faculty: Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen
Citation: Jansen, H.M.L., 2015, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789492110091
Sponsor: Triton Foundation
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/32657

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