Explore the Exhibition Introduction

Man Ray Marquise Casati 1922

Man Ray Marquise Casati 1922

Centre Pompidou © Man Ray Trust / ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2008 Photo CNAC / MNAM Dist.RMN / © Adam Rzepka 

Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Francis Picabia were at the cutting edge of art in the first half of the twentieth century, and made a lasting impression on modern and contemporary art. Duchamp invented the concept of the ‘readymade’: presenting an everyday object as an artwork, Man Ray pioneered avant-garde photographic and film techniques and Picabia’s use of kitsch, popular or low-brow imagery in his paintings undermined artistic conventions.

Their shared outlook on life and art, with a taste for jokes, irony and the erotic, forged a friendship that provided support and inspiration. At the heart of the Dada movement and moving in the same artistic circles, they discussed ideas and collaborated, echoing and responding to each other’s works. Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia explores their affinities and parallels, uncovering a shared approach to questioning the nature of art.

Room 1: Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia 21 February – 26 May 2008 at Tate Modern room 1

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Room 2: Early Works

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia 21 February – 26 May 2008 at Tate Modern room 2

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Room 3: Movement

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia 21 February – 26 May 2008 at Tate Modern room 3

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Room 4: Machines

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia 21 February – 26 May 2008 at Tate Modern room 4

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Room 5: Performance

Past exhibition; Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia; room guide

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Room 6: Glass

Past exhibition, Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia, room guide

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Room 7: Objects

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia 21 February – 26 May 2008 at Tate Modern room 7

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Room 8: Immaterial Objects

Past exhibition, Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia, room guide

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Room 9: Light

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia 21 February – 26 May 2008 at Tate Modern room 9

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Room 10: Transparency

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia 21 February – 26 May 2008 at Tate Modern room 10

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Room 11: Intermission

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia 21 February – 26 May 2008 at Tate Modern room 11

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Room 12: Eroticism

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia 21 February – 26 May 2008 at Tate Modern room 12

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Room 13: Endgame

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia 21 February – 26 May 2008 at Tate Modern room 13