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Stefan Banz | Caroline Bachmann
What Duchamp Abandoned for the Waterfall

One hundred color photographs / video projection
Courtesy the Artists, Private collection, collection CHUV, Lausanne, and collection Fotomuseum Winterthur

When you don’t look through the peep holes in the door of Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés: 1° la chute d’eau, 2° le gaz d’éclairage… (1946–66) at Philadelphia Museum of Art, you see nothing but a half dark empty space. When you don’t look at Le Forestay (the waterfall which Marcel Duchamp photographed for Étant donnés at Bellevue/Chexbres, Switzerland, between August 5 and 9, 1946) you see one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. These photographs show, what Duchamp abandoned for the waterfall – the view on Lake Geneva with the spectacular entrance of the valais valley between the Swiss and the French alps.

Exhibition view as a video projection at Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2012


caroline bachmann | stefan banz, what duchamp abandoned for the waterfall
one hundred color photographs
© by stefan banz and caroline bachmann

caroline bachmann | stefan banz, what duchamp abandoned for the waterfall revisited
365 color photographs
© by stefan banz and caroline bachmann
(book in preparation)

a selection of ten photographs, taken between 2006 and 2009, fom the book published in 2009 with scheidegger & spiess, zurich

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