Museums in Miniature at MCASD closes at the end of January

January 8, 2010 – 12:44 am

This is a pretty unique show, fascinating if you like your conceptual art not overwhelmingly conceptual.

Museums in Miniature explores the use of collage, assemblage, and staged tableaux by Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell as plays on the notion of an exhibition space. Evocative juxtapositions, absurdities, and rebuses abound in Cornell’s work, demonstrating the enduring influence of Duchamp’s practice, and of Surrealism more broadly, during the second half of the 20th century. Duchamp will be represented by MCASD’s The Green Box (1934) and by a version of his Boîte-en-valise (1942-54), which contains miniature replicas of three of Duchamp’s works. Duchamp described the Boîte-en-valise as a “miniature museum,” or a portable retrospective of his oeuvre to that point.

Find out more about this show at MCASD online.

Joseph Cornell at MCASD

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