Duchamp’s Fountain and Dada (Project 1: Art and Ideas – Exercise 1)

In a few words write down your response to Duchamp’s Fountain

Fountain 1917, replica 1964 by Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968
Fig. 1. Duchamp, M “Fountain” (1917 – replica 1964)


My immediate response was to laugh. I think of Dada in general and Duchamp in particular as satirical, in the sense that they were challenging the art establishment of that time. There is, therefore, another interesting dimension to this work, namely has the urinal become a famous work of art? If so, does this represent a negation of the satirical element of the work?


Having been asked the question, and being somewhat ignorant of the Dada movement, I decided to undertake some superficial investigations.

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