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Letter from Marcel Duchamp addressed to André and Elisa Breton and dated 30 May 1947 about the exhibition planned in July at the Galerie Maeght.

Seven letters from Marcel Duchamp to André Breton, all related to the preparation of the exhibition Le Surréalisme en 1947 at the Galerie Maeght in Paris, which attest to the inexhaustible resources of this co-organiser and the amount of work he did in federating the entire network of surrealist friends on the other side of the Atlantic - from Miró to Max Ernst through Granell (whom he does not yet know) and many others. The 1947 exhibition at the Galerie Maeght was the result of a genuine team effort, both in the terms of organisation and creation: Duchamp discussed it with Kiesler before sending his suggestions to André Breton, giving all of his creativity to the way the rooms and altars might be organised without ever fixing an idea or imposing a determination. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005]

Exceptional set of 7 handwritten letters signed by Marcel Duchamp and sent to André Breton, all related to the preparation of the exhibition Le Surréalisme en 1947 at the Galerie Maeght in Paris.

Letter, dated 30 May 1947.
- 2 pages in-4 in ink by Duchamp of a letter dated May 30:
‘Two words to give you precision about the zinc and copper plates by Max Ernst, Dorothea and Diego... In other news, Madame Cuttoli left yesterday on the ‘Indochinese’ with the decorations by Miró, Matta and Tanguy, Kay Sage and Donati for the room of superstition. The boat will arrive at Le Havre in about ten days. Tomorrow Ivan Goll leaves with the rest of Miró's thing and my ‘Green Ray’ which Kiesler will explain to you.’ [sale catalogue, 2003]

*This entry was translated from the French by Michael Richardson.

Creation date30/05/1947
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Bibliographical material

2 pages in-4° - Ms - Black ink - Envelope not preserved

Place of origin

Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Centre Pompidou, Paris : BRET 1.8

Number of pages2 p.
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2282
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CategoriesArchives, Letters to André Breton
Set[Correspondance] Lettres de Marcel Duchamp à André Breton, [Exhibitions] 1947, Exposition Maeght 1947
Exhibition1947, Le Surréalisme en 1947
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