Moderna Museet Acquires Important Marcel Duchamp Archive Compiled by Ulf Linde

Marcel Duchamp and Ulf Linde in 1961Photo: © Photo: Lütfi Özkök via Moderna Museet
Marcel Duchamp and Ulf Linde in 1961
Photo: © Photo: Lütfi Özkök via Moderna Museet

Stockholm’s Moderna Museet has acquired the Marcel Duchamp archive compiled by art critic and museum director Ulf Linde. The archive includes sketches, letters, books, and photographs signed by the artist.

Linde, who died in 2013 after a long battle with illness, was one of the world’s foremost experts on Duchamp’s art.

He also made replicas of all of Duchamp’s major works, including the first authorized copy of The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even (1915–23) in 1961.

The long and intense professional relationship between Duchamp and Linde began that same year under the auspices of Moderna Museet, when Duchamp visited Stockholm to attend the touring exhibition “Movement in Art,” curated by the museum’s director at the time, Pontus Hultén.

The exhibition featured Linde’s copy of The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even, as well as works by a number of important artists including Jean Tinguely and Alexander Calder (see See Rare, Mesmerizing Alexander Calder Sculptures at Dominique Lévy).

Now, Linde’s life-long Duchamp archive has been acquired in full by the museum with the help of bishop Åke Bonnier.

“The importance of Marcel Duchamp’s presence at Moderna Museet, to both Swedish and international art life, is beyond a doubt,” Bonnier said in a statement. “I am happy to be able to support research into the intriguing dialogue that arose between Marcel Duchamp and Ulf Linde here in Stockholm.”

This week, a group of international scholars will meet for a three-day symposia at Moderna Museet to discuss new developments in the research about the legacy of Marcel Duchamp in post-war art (see Just How Influential Was Marcel Duchamp? and In ’64, Duchamp Pissed on his Collectors).


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