Throughout Dancing Around the Bride’s run at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, where it was called The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg, and Johns, the exhibition received media attention from the Guardian, Telegraph, The Economist, and more. The exhibition was originally produced at the Philadelphia Museum of the Art and funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Adrian Searle wrote for the Guardian: “Painting, music, sculpture and dance come together with shared ideas, influence, friendship and love in this exhibition, which details the fruitful relationships between Marcel Duchamp, composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, and artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Duchamp presides, as enigmatic as ever he was in life.” Read more >
On the presence of Duchamp in the exhibition, Richard Dorment of the Telegraph wrote: “As everyone who has ever attempted to take up the challenge of entering Duchamp’s cerebral artistic universe discovers, to engage with any artwork by him is to become fascinated by the enigmatic mind and enchanting personality of the man who made it. Rather than attempt to demonstrate anything so crude as Duchamp’s mere ‘influence’ on these four artists, what the exhibition does instead is to show how profoundly the life and work of each is steeped in his thinking.” Read more >
“The show is less a static exhibit than a flowing interplay of movement, sight and sound. It is conceived as ‘an unfolding dance, including the artists in different combinations at different moments, and extending over time,’” said Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Carlos Basualdo to The Economist. Read more >
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