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A Dance Around the Bride

What was Marcel Duchamp like? Why did Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2) cause such a controversy in 1912? What drew Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg, and Johns to this fascinating Frenchman in New York? Find out in a specially commissioned animation which accompanies The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns in the Barbican Art Gallery. 

Production Credits

Words: Paul B. Franklin | Animation Director: Alice Dunseath | Animation Assistant: Alice Loveday Dupré | Music: Tom Rosenthal | Producer: Siddharth Khajuria

Image Credits

Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2), 1912. Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection © Succession Marcel Duchamp, 2013, ADAGP/Paris, DACS/London

Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1950 (replica of 1917 original). Philadelphia Museum of Art, 125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift (by exchange) of Mrs. Herbert Cameron Morris © Succession Marcel Duchamp, 2013, ADAGP/Paris, DACS/London

Marcel Duchamp, Bicycle Wheel, 1964 (replica of 1913 original). Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of the Galleria Schwarz d’Arte, Milan © Succession Marcel Duchamp, 2013, ADAGP/Paris, DACS/London

Marcel Duchamp, Bottlerack, 1960 (replica of 1914 original). The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation © Succession Marcel Duchamp, 2013, ADAGP/Paris, DACS/London

Marcel Duchamp, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass), 1991-92 (replica of 1915-23 original). Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Marcel Duchamp as Belle Haleine, 1921. Photograph by Man Ray. Private collection. © Succession Marcel Duchamp, 2013, ADAGP/Paris, DACS/London © Man Ray Trust, 2013 / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Five-way portrait of Marcel Duchamp, 1917 at the Broadway Photo Shop in New York, Private collection, Courtesy Association Marcel Duchamp © Succession Marcel Duchamp, 2013, ADAGP/Paris, DACS/London

Robert Rauschenberg in 1953 from Time magazine with his work in the background © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg. DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2013

Robert Rauschenberg, Bride’s Folly, 1959. Private collection © DACS, London 2013

Robert Rauschenberg, Express, 1963. Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg. DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2013

Robert Rauschenberg, Minutiae, 1976 (replica of 1954 original). Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Walker Art Center, Merce Cunningham Dance Company Collection © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg. DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2013

Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Late Kabal American Zephyr), 1985. The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg. DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2013

Merce, 1953. Photograph by Robert Rauschenberg. Courtesy of The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg. DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2013

Untitled [Jasper with flag painting, Pearl Street studio], c. 1955. Photograph by Robert Rauschenberg, Courtesy of The Rauschenberg Foundation © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg. DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2013

Untitled [Jasper, Pearl Street studio], 1955. Photograph by Robert Rauschenberg, Courtesy of The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg. DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2013

Jasper Johns, Painted Ale Cans, 1960. Collection of the artist. © Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London 2013

John Cage, Strings 1-20 #20, 1980. Private Collection © John Cage Trust

John Cage preparing a piano, c.1964. Photographer unknown, Courtesy of the John Cage Trust