Art, Books

Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?

The displays at the Musée de l”Homme in Paris are organised around these three questions from Gauguin’s famous painting. The museum has reopened this week after a six year closure and a 92 million-euro renovation. One of the key exhibits in the museum is the skull of the French philosopher René Descartes. Continue reading

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Absurdism, Art, Marcel Duchamp, Photography

What Marcel Duchamp taught me

An exhibition opened in London this weekend featuring fifty artists showing work under the title What Marcel Duchamp taught me.*

Marcel Duchamp was a chess player who also turned his hand to cigar smoking. As a young man, between 1913 and 1917, he invented conceptual art and is regarded as the most influential artist of the twentieth century. However if art was for him a diversion, chess was a lifelong preoccupation.
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