This room examines Duchamps innovative use of glass as a medium, and, in particular, his major composition, The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass).
This complex piece married spoof physics with a saga of sexual attraction between a bride in the upper pane and nine bachelors (hidden in moulds) below. Duchamp used glass so that the imagery seemed suspended in space and time: he called it a delay in glass. As some areas are blank, a view of the work also incorporates whatever is behind it. The painting is a window onto the world but, in this case, the real world of the viewer rather than a scene depicted by the artist.
Duchamps friends were aware of the formal and conceptual novelty of the Large Glass, and were influenced by it in different ways. Transparency and opacity later became major themes in Man Rays photographs and Picabias paintings.