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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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".