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Marcel Duchamp – Bicycle Wheel


“The Bicycle Wheel is my first Readymade, so much so that at first it wasn’t even called a ‘Readymade’. It still had little to do with the idea of the Readymade. Rather it had more to do with the idea of chance […] To set the wheel turning was very soothing, very comforting, a sort of opening of avenues on other things than material life of every day. I liked the idea of having a bicycle wheel in my studio. I enjoyed looking at it, just as I enjoyed looking at the flames dancing in a fireplace. It was like having a fireplace in my studio, the movement of the wheel reminded me of the movement of the flames.”

Zitat: Binghamton University/Wikipedia
Foto: spDuchamp @ Philadelphia Museum of Art

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