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Marco Brambilla Transforms Iconic Duchamp Painting for a Public Installation in Paris

Pearl Fontaine

17 October 2019

Debuted in Paris earlier this month, Marco Brambilla’s Nude Descending a Staircase No.3 will be on view for the public at the Némo Biennial’s 170-meter EP7 video façade, where it will remain until February 9, 2020.

Taking Marcel Duchamp’s iconic painting Nude Descending a Staircase No.2, Brambilla has applied modern technology to the original work, transforming it with the dimension of time and creating a brand new iteration using a contemporary visual language. Now a monumental digital masterpiece, Nude Descending a Staircase No.3 uses Duchamp’s deconstructed human figure to create a panoramic animation of the cubist form, which can now be seen in constant motion, descending an imaginary staircase.

Marco Brambilla
Nude Descending a Staircase No.3 (detail)
2019
Courtesy of the artist.

In a rare case for his time, Duchamp modeled the original figure using Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic time studies—new technology then—as inspiration for the painting. By applying a similar process to the new video work, Brambilla pays homage to Duchamp and completes the circle, transporting Duchamp’s painting back into the realm of technology.

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