Man Ray, ‘Emak Bakia’ 1926, remade 1970
Man Ray
Emak Bakia 1926, remade 1970
© Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2021

This area in the centre of the exhibition focuses on the artists’ friendships.

The first section contains portrait photographs, taken mostly by Man Ray, which reveal the closeness of their relationships. There are also magazines and books produced by the three artists between their first meeting in New York around 1915 and Picabia’s move to the south of France in 1924, showing the range of their intellectual exchanges.

Two films are screened alternately in the second section. Entr’acte (Intermission) was made in 1924 by the young director René Clair, following a scenario written by Picabia, and includes a scene with Duchamp and Man Ray playing chess. Emak Bakia was made when Man Ray was in south-west France and was described by him as a ‘cine-poem’. The title is a Basque expression meaning ‘leave me alone’.

The third section contains photographs and documents relating to the artists’ later lives and their passion for chess.