21.11.08 - Duchamp - Press kit

Duchamp Exhibition- Activities

Open Tuesday – Sundays and public holidays 11am – 7 pm 

Closed on Monday


General Public: $10 
Students (with valid ID): $6
Retired people (with valid ID): $3


The Education Department coordinates the guided visits, that are available in Spanish and English, Tuesdays – Sundays, from 11hrs. to 19hrs.

In the rooms, there is a skilled educator, specialized in the exhibition, who will offer visitors different didactic strategies. Guided tours and audio guides are also available for the temporary exhibitions.

Guided Tours

Groups up to 25 people. 
Duration: 45 minutes. 
Tuesdays – Fridays, 3pm and 6 pm 
Saturdays and Sundays: 12hrs ,14hrs, 16hrs and 18hrs..

Study Tours

Some works of art will be dealt with in depth: 
Fridays 17hrs.
Enroll in advance:
Or at Reception at least one hour in advance.

Guided Tours in English

Duration: 45 minutes 
Booking 48 hours in advance:
(0054-11) 4104-1041

Tours for study groups, corporations and institutions

Duration: 45 minutes 
Booking in advance:
(0054-11) 4104-1041

For more information: educacion@proa.org / (0054-11) 4104-1041


Supported by Tenaris - Ternium -

Organización Techint



Capacity: 100 people 

Wi-Fi internet connection 
Plugs for laptops in each seat

Aiming at the expansion of its programs, Fundación Proa features an auditorium which establishes a bond between the art world and other fields, becoming a space for refection and learning.

The program of activities developed in the auditorium is independent from the temporary exhibitions. It includes film, video, installations, dance, performances and live music, as well as conferences, didactic courses and debates. Also, the Education Department will carry out seminars and courses on a regular basis.

A screen for film and videos, together with a state-of-the-art projector, expand the possibilities for stage proposals which combine live action with technology. The auditorium acoustic is ideally suited for the organization of high quality sound shows and it features a set of lights and equipment for performances.

The auditorium as well as the café and the library can be accessed independently from the rest of the exhibitions.

Contact: auditorio@proa.org / 4104-1000


The catalogue of the exhibition Marcel Duchamp: a work that is not a work ‘of art’ features Marcel Duchamp’s life (1887-1968) and oeuvre through photographs, letters, writings, and an important selection of texts by well-known researchers. 

The essays contribute to the debate and reflection, as well as round off the importance that the ‘Duchamp effect’ has had on the art world and culture in our time. There are texts published in Spanish for the first time, such as El parpadeo del ojo (The blink of an eye) by Rosalind Krauss, and El tiempo del readymade (The time of the readymade), by Thierry de Duve. A comprehensive presentation of the artist’s life and works is included, together with unpublished texts by Gonzalo Aguilar- on Duchamp in Buenos Aires- and by Elena Filipovic, the exhibition’s curator, which reveal the curatorial aspects of the artist. 

Duchamp himself is present throughout the catalogue, expressing his own views on his revolutionary oeuvre. The letters written during his stay in Buenos Aires have also been reproduced. 

The edition features an extensive body of images made up of works, photographs and documents which, like a parallel literature, abandon their illustrative function to give way to a discourse of its own. The trilingual edition includes a CD with all the texts in English and Portuguese. 

Thanks to the sponsorship of the French Embassy in Argentina, the texts of the catalogue are also edited in a paperback version and small format, with reference images in black and white, at an affordable price. This book belongs to the educational Collection of Writings on Contemporary Art that Fundación Proa has been publishing so as to spread contemporary ideas. The French Embassy will distribute 500 books in public and art libraries all over the country.




360 pages/ 21 cm x 27 cm / 179 color illustrations Trilingual, with English and Portuguese translation in the CD


Paperback catalogue

121 pages / 15,5 cm x 22,5 cm / Black and white images Sponsored by the French Embassy in Argentina 
$30 / u$s 10 
To buy the catalogue:
(0054-11) 4104-1005





Marcel Duchamp. Vida y obra (Life and Oeuvre) 
Hugo Petruschansky, in collaboration with Cecilia Iida y Clelia 

Introducción (¿Qué es una obra de arte?)
(Introduction (What is a work of art?) 
Un museo que no es tal 
(A museum that is not such) 
Elena Filipovic 

Viaje a la ciudad de la cuarta dimension 
(Trip to the city of the fourth dimension)
Gonzalo Aguilar 

Cartas de Marcel Duchamp en Buenos Aires 1918-1919 
(Marcel Duchamp’s Letters in Buenos Aires 1918-1919) Investigation: Cintia Mezza 

* water writes always in *  plural 
Octavio Paz 

El tiempo del readymade (The time of the readymade) 
Thierry de Duve



Petr Kotik at Proa

As one of the venues of the 12th Contemporary Music Concerts Cycle, and with Marcel Duchamp: a work that is not a work “of art” in its renewed building, Pora presents Petr Kotik, who will present an Homage to Marcel Duchamp, with a repertoire that includes works of the artist.

The concert of the czech flutist will take place the 27 and 28th November, at 19.30, and will inaugurate the concerts in the new auditorium of Fundación Proa, closing the first day of the Internacional Colloquium Marcel Duchamp.

PETR KOTIK: flute (Czech Republic / USA)
Silvie Robert: voice / celesta 
Renara Spisarova voice 
Roberto Neuburger: voice 
Arauco Yepes: percussion


November 27 and 28, 2008, 19,30 hs.

g>Fundación Proa- Auditorium

Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929 – La Boca (Caminito)
Limited seats – Admissions: $15
Phone reservations: 4104-1000
The tickets will be available at Proa reception desk. The reservations will expire one tour before the concert.
Contact: info@proa.org
With the collaboration of Sotheby’s Buenos Aires

First part:
Marcel Duchamp Erratum Musical
Marcel Duchamp La Mariee mise a un par ses celibataires meme. Erratum Musical
Marcel Duchamp Sculpture Musical

Second part:
Edgard Varèse Density 21.5 for flute solo
John Cage Fontana Mix
Steve Reich Pendulum Music






Fundación Proa presented the International Colloquium Marcel Duchamp, coordinated by Paul Franklin, on November 20 and 21, 2008, in the auditorium of its new building. 

The International Colloquium Marcel Duchamp “will not explore a specific line of thought, but rather will be a forum for the exchange of ideas so that we could benefit most fully from the expertise and scholarly interests of our panelists. To have our colloquium devoted to Duchamp in a city where he once lived, it is a rare and unique opportunity. While the theme is in the most general sense the life and work of Duchamp, our topics are wonderfully varied and well balanced”, explains Paul Franklin, coordinator of the event.


Gonzalo Aguilar 
El mundo en sus manos: Marcel Duchamp, Cartógrafo

Elena Filipovic 
Marcel Duchamp, Curador

Linda Henderson 
Marcel Duchamp y la Cuarta Dimensión a mitad de siglo: Ciencias, geometría y Robert Smithson

Jean-Jacques Lebel 
Stirner / Nietzsche / Duchamp

Bernard Marcadé 
Por que no escuchar a Marcel Duchamp?

Gloria Moure 
La persistencia del Enigma

Francis Naumann 
Marcel Duchamp: El arte del ajedrez

Michael Taylor 
Tema de cuerpo: Marcel Duchamp, Surrealismo, y la creación del Étant donnés


The Colloquium is supported by: 

Air France 
Cultural Center of Spain in Buenos Aires (CCEBA)

Colloquium is of public character, free of charge, and with limited seating.