The Straits Times
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Published on Sep 02, 2012
 

Picasso, Duchamp in face-off in Stockholm

 
 

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Stockholm's Museum of Modern Art is pitting Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, two of the 20th century's modernist greats, against each other in a new exhibition showcasing their contrasting approaches to art.

The title He Was Wrong is based on Picasso's reputed laconic remark on learning of Duchamp's death in 1968.

The exhibition is a "theatrical" posthumous meeting of the two greats, museum curator Mr Daniel Birnbaum said of the pair who each had a famous dislike for the other's works and who never met.

The Moderna Museet has a fine collection of works by the two influential artists often described as rivals and incompatible, with Picasso the prolific painter and Duchamp the conceptual creator who challenged painting as an art form.