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Duchamp Research Centre


In order to stimulate research at the Duchamp Research Centre of the Staatliches Museum Schwerin and to support a new generation of scholars, the association Friends of the Staatliches Museum Schwerin awards the Duchamp Research Scholarship.

Young scholars and researchers should be encouraged in particular to engage themselves with Marcel Duchamp – his life and work in its social-cultural context – from the perspective of their respective disciplines. Competition for the scholarship takes place once a year with the aim to offer the opportunity for a young scholar to realize a self-determined research project addressing the thematically complex “Marcel Duchamp.”

Duchamp Research Scholarship holders


Jill O'Connor (Scholarship holder 2017)

The fifth Duchamp scholarship receives Jill O'Connor from America. She does research under the title Closing the Infra-thin Gap Between Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Here bachelors, Even and Étant donnés and deals with the two probably most important and most cryptic works of Marcel Duchamp. Her hypothesis is, that his late installation Étant donnés: 1° la chute d'eau / 2° le gaz d'éclairage, on which he has worked in secrecy during the years from 1946 to 1966, is to be seen as a continuation of his incomplete glass picture La Mariée Mise à Nu par ses Célibataires, même, which is also called ‚big glass' (in 1915-1923).

Francesco Miroglio
(Scholarship holder 2015)

Post degree student in Art History and Cultural Heritage at University of Genoa, he studied widely Marcel Duchamp during his Master thesis focused on Marcel Duchamp’s graphic design productions (magazine and exhibition catalogue covers, posters and book bindings).
In 1946, interviewed by the MoMA director James Johnson Sweeney, Marcel Duchamp said: “It was fundamentally Roussel who was responsible for my glass, La Mariée mise à nu par ses Célibataires même. From his Impressions d’Afrique I got the general approach.”

The aim of his research is to discover and discuss the influence of the play, written by Raymond Roussel, Impressions d’Afrique on the complex iconography of the Large Glass and try to contribute with a fresh and new point of view to the Marcel Duchamp studies.

Sarah Archino
(Scholarship holder 2015)

The third recipient of the Duchamp research scholarship, supported by the Friends of the Staatliches Museum Schwerin e.V., is the American art historian Dr. Sarah Archino. She wants to study Duchamp’s publicistic activities and his work with public press.

Her two main aspects of interests are: Duchamp’s role as subject of media interest and his manipulation of the general public through the media.

Don’t believe what you read: Marcel Duchamp and the American Press

Katharina Neuburger (Scholarship holder 2015)

Katharina Neuburger lives and works in Cologne.  Up to 2008, she studied art history and media-theory at the “Staatliche Akademie für Gestaltung” in Karlsruhe as well as curatorial studies at Bard College, New York.  In pursuit of her research activities she taught in Boston and conducted research in the important archives in America, for example in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and New Haven.  Since 2009, she has been preparing her dissertation in Cologne under the supervision of Prof. Ursula Frohne on the theme of exhibition practices in the United States: “Die Modern Experience. A Study of American Painting from 1876 to 1931.”  In course of preparing  her dissertation she has addressed, with the assistance of the stipendium of the Friends of the Museum, this most interesting and, up to now, insufficiently researched theme and examined Marcel Duchamp’s influence on American exhibition practices in the period from 1913 to 1918.  The title of this study is “Marcel Duchamp or: Expose.”

Lecture notes No. 1: Katharina Neuburger: Marcel Duchamp, New York and the Readymade 1912-1917

Sarah Kolb (Scholarship holder 2015)

A philosopher, art historian and curator from Vienna, Sarah Kolb, is the first recipient of the research scholarship at the Duchamp Research Centre of the Staatliches Museum Schwerin, where she is preparing her dissertation on the theme “Creative Thinking: Bergson, Duchamp and the Invention of the Present” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sabeth Buchmann of the Institute of Visual Arts and Cultural Sciences at the University of Linz.  By avoiding the restrictions of the classical divisions of between disciplines, the special differentiated approach of her research is that of bringing the philosophy of Henri Bergson and the art of Marcel Duchamp into a fruitful discourse which can enrich and expand the traditional approaches to their work.

Lecture notes No. 2: Sarah Kolb: Painting at the Service of Metaphysics. Marcel Duchamp and the Echo of Bergsonism