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© Succession Marcel Duchamp/Bildupphovsrätt 2018
Marcel Duchamp
1887 - 1968

Replica executed by
Ulf Linde
1929 - 2013
Sweden Fountain, 1917/1963
33 x 42 x 52 cm ( 13 x 16 9/16 x 20 1/2 in.)
Donation 1965 from The Friends of Moderna Museet
NMSK 1884 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
Using the pseudonym R.Mutt, Duchamp had contributed this urinal to an art salon, where it was rejected and went astray. In his short-lived magazine The Blind Man, Duchamp commented on the objection that  the object had not been created by the hands of the originator: "Whether Mr Mutt had made his fountain with his own hands or not is of no importance. He CHOSE it. He took an ordinary everyday thing and placed it so that its usual use disappeared under a new title, a new way of seeing - he created a new thought for the object/…/" Presented together with two other ready-mades: the typewriter case and the small glass container, - a combination that reappears in Box in Suitcase - this little group alludes to The Great Glass: The urinal belongs to the bachelors (bottom left); the typewriter case corresponds to the bride's clothes (the horizontal mirror section in the middle); and the glass container belongs to the Bride's airy and transparent figure (the top part of the glass).
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