1961-1968

  • 1961
    The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm organize the exhibition "Art in Motion" in which Duchamp participates, and replicas of some of his work are displayed.
    Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, confers the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities on Duchamp. Presents the lecture Where Do We Go from Here? to the Philadelphia Museum College of Art in March.
  • 1963
    The Pasadena (California) Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum) organizes "By or of Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy", the first major retrospective exhibition of Duchamp's work. Duchamp attends and is photographed by Julian Wasser playing chess with Eve Babitz, who is nude, and the Large Glass in the background. (The version of the Large Glass shown was a replica, as the original version could not be transported due to its fragility).
    The Baltimore, Maryland, Museum of Art and Brandeis University in Massachusetts host Duchamp's lecture, Apropos of Myself.
    The Armory Show of 1913 is restaged at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute. Duchamp is on the loans committee, designs the poster for the exhibition, and delivers a lecture.
    Authorized replicas of Duchamp's work, signed and dated, are produced by Ulf Linde in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 1964
    Authorized replicas of The Bicycle Wheel, along with 12 other Duchamp Readymades, are produced in Milan, Italy by Arturo Schwarz. Signed and dated by Duchamp, they are issued in sets of eight. (French conceptual artist Daniel Buren subsequently proclaimed that "Duchamp totally betrayed himself in 1964 when he allowed Schwarz to make replicas...he has sold out to commercialism." - from The Definitively Unfinished Marcel Duchamp, Thierry de Duve)
    Duchamp again delivers the lecture, Apropos of Myself, this time at the City Art Museum of Saint Louis, Missouri.
  • 1965
    The first New York retrospective of Duchamp's work is shown at the Cordier and Eckstrom Gallery.
    "Not Seen and/or Less Seen of/ by Marcel Duchamp/Rrose Sélavy 1904-1964" opens in New York, which includes some 90 works from the Mary Sisler Collection.
    Participates in Jean Crotti's (his sister Suzanne's husband) exhibition at the Columbus (Ohio) Gallery of Fine Arts.
  • 1966
    The Tate Gallery, London exhibition of "The Almost Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp" opens, and Duchamp attends. 242 items and the Richard Hamilton replica of the Large Glass are on display at this first major retrospective of Duchamp's works in Europe.
    The Art and Artists magazine July issue is devoted to the work of Duchamp.
    Étant Donnés: 1° la chute d'eau, 2° le gaz d'éclairage...
    (Given: 1° the waterfall, 2° the illuminating gas...)
    , begun in 1946, is completed, but remains a secret.
  • 1967
    Attends the International Chess Tournament in Monte Carlo.
    Helps to organize the exhibition "Les Duchamp: Jacques Villon, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Marcel Duchamp, Suzanne Duchamp" in Rouen, France. Part of this exhibition was later shown at the Musée National d'Art Moderne, his first large show in Paris.
    À l'Infinitif (La Boîte Blanche), containing 79 notes and preliminary studies for the Large Glass, is published in New York.
    Prepares his manual of instructions for assembling Étant Donnés..., (installed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art after his death).
  • 1968
    Duchamp plays chess on John Cage's electronically rigged chess board with Cage and Teeny for a piece entitled Reunion.
    Duchamp attends the premiere of modern dance pioneer Merce Cunningham's ballet Walkaround Time, featuring Large Glass inspired sets constructed under the supervision of Jasper Johns, during the Second Buffalo (New York) Festival of the Arts. (Walkaround Time was performed again in 1987 at the "Apropos of Marcel Duchamp" Centenary Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.)
    "Dada, Surrealism and their Heritage" opens on March 27 in New York at the Museum of Modern Art. Twelve Duchamp works are exhibited.
    Returns to Monte Carlo for the International Chess Tournament.
    Travels to Paris, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. Returns to Paris in the autumn. In Neuilly, after dining with Teeny and guests, he dies suddenly in his sleep on October 2.
    Duchamp is laid to rest in Rouen. His gravestone epitaph, written by himself, reads: "D'ailleurs c'est toujours les autres qui meurent" - "But it's always other people who die".


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