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Dada Exhibitions etc.

Galerie 1900-2000 at Frieze Masters
Curated by Nick Rhodes

Works by Hans Bellmer, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Man Ray...

Regent's Park, London
October 15-19, 2014
Booth B03


What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me

Artists to pay respects to the revolutionary Marcel Duchamp in new exhibition

The exhibition, which opens this week, now features more than 50 artists, including Peter Blake, Keith Tyson, Gavin Turk, Michael Craig-Martin, Cornelia Parker and David Shrigley.

When Marcel Duchamp placed a bicycle wheel on a wooden stool just over a hundred years ago, did he know exactly what he was setting spinning?

With Bicycle Wheel, he launched the concept of the "readymade" – an everyday object that is art because the artist says so. And then, four years later, created a "readymade" icon in Fountain, the urinal, laid on its back, regularly cited as the most important single artwork of the 20th century. The readymades are widely viewed as the birth of conceptual art. Yet given that, a century later, we're still not done with the "but is it art?" question, it's fair to say Duchamp's provocations are still relevant, still vital. [...]

The Fine Art Society, London W1, 10 October to 5 November 2014

Holly Williams in The Independent 05 October 2014

Ai Weiwei takes his place among the greats amid the opulence of Blenheim

Everyone in the world knows by now that Ai Weiwei is a man of courage, a devastatingly effective political artist and campaigner. His new exhibition at Blenheim Palace, seat of the dukes of Marlborough and one of Europe's great secular buildings, reveals that he also has a diabolical sense of humour. [...]

In truth, interventions by contemporary artists in stately homes, cathedrals and suchlike venerable venues are themselves not exactly new. What makes this so different and striking is that Ai – working from his studio in Beijing as he is unable to leave China due to the state's attentions – has orchestrated a full-scale retrospective in these archaic surroundings. Why did he do it? Spencer-Churchill can only guess why he accepted the invitation.

"I think the Churchill connection was very important for him," he suggests.

For this is the house where Winston Churchill was born. The part of the house where the great war leader came into the world is preserved as a shrine. Beside Churchill's purple velvet "siren suit" and slippers, Ai shows a decadent-looking vegetative creation. Above the bed in the room officially called Churchill's Birth Room, he has hung a profile of Marcel Duchamp made out of a wire coat hanger. [...]

Duchamp unleashed complete freedom in art. Is he then the Churchill of art? But the mood is one of mad laughter. Ai seems to be having some immense joke by showing his art so copiously in such ripely historic surrounding. Is he metaphorically giving the finger to Blenheim itself or, more likely, to us, we British? [...]

Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 1 October -– 14 December 2014

Jonathan Jones, The Guardian, 26 September 2014

Dada at the Isaacs Gallery

December 20, 1961 - January 9, 1962
Isaacs Gallery
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Read on if you are interested in what was happening in Canada over fifty years ago. Some of the people involved were Michel Sanouillet, Greg Curnoe, Michael Snow and Joyce Wieland.