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Release: 30 September 2010
Stefan Banz (ed.),
Marcel Duchamp and The Forestay Waterfall
With essays by Stefan Banz, Étienne Barilier, Lars Blunck, Paul B. Franklin, Antje von Graevenitz, Dalia Judovitz, Michael Lüthy, ­Bernard Marcadé, Herbert Molderings, Stanislaus von Moos, ­Francis M. Naumann, Mark Nelson, Molly Nesbit, Dominique Radrizzani, Michael R. ­Taylor, Philip Ursprung, and Hans Maria de Wolf. Special artistic contributions by Caroline Bachmann, Ecke Bonk, Andreas Glauser, Peter Roesch, Roman Signer, Tadanori Yokoo, and many others.

English: JRP|Ringier, Zurich, 408 pages, 480 images and illustrations in black and white, and color, 24.5 x 17.5 cm, €32.00, ISBN 978-3-03764-156-9

In summer 1946, Marcel Duchamp spent five weeks in Switzerland, including five days at the hotel Bellevue (today, Le Baron Tavernier) near Chexbres, on Lake Geneva. There he discovered The Forestay waterfall. No research was ever done as to why the artist chose this waterfall and not another to become the starting point for and ultimately the landscape of his famous final masterpiece, Étant donnés: 1° la chute d’eau, 2° le gaz d’éclairage…. A multidisciplinary event in Cully, on Lake Geneva, near The Forestay waterfall, attempted to provide answers to this and many other questions about Duchamp’s work.

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Luc Debraine preview on the discovery, the symposium, and the book: Le Temps, March 15, 2008 (in French)

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