Letter from Marcel Duchamp to Paul Eeckhout, 22.03.1964
07.02.22 – 13.02.22
At the beginning of the spring of 1964, the French artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) addressed a letter to Paul Eeckhout, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) in Ghent, regarding the possible exhibition of his famous work La Mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même (Le Grand Verre) (1915-1923) in Figuration and Defiguration.The human figure since Picasso (MSK, 10 July-4 October 1964). Marcel Duchamp's epistle, together with hundreds of other letters, remained for almost sixty years in a cupboard in the house of Marc De Cock, who, as a loyal collaborator of the chief curator, Karel Geirlandt, wrote almost all letters signed by Paul Eeckhout. Duchamp's letter (and many others) will be donated by Marc De Cock to the Museum of Fine Arts in 2022.
Thanks to Marc De Cock and Anton Pereira Rodriguez
The Letters Project
In 2022-2023, KIOSK together with the research group Ghent, playing field of the visual arts (1957-1987), will focus on letters from or to people from Ghent, or concerning the Ghent art scene. The letters are selected for their content, but also for their form.
For a whole year, the group will present a different letter every week in KIOSK, and will highlight its context or the questions it raises. During these presentations, the letter (or a facsimile) will be shown, possibly with other artefacts that are mentioned or that can clarify its meaning.
Ghent, playing field of the visual arts (1957-1987) consists of Naninga Lens, Sofie Frederix, Wouter De Vleeschouwer, Koen Brams and Godart Bakkers. For The Letters Project the group is reinforced by Simon Delobel and some guests.