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THE PAINTING SECTION FROM DAVIS MUSEUM The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Duchamp 16 (dead)”, 2020, oil on canvas, 23,62 x 23,62 x 1,57 in (60 x 60 x 3,5 cm). What inspired the work? Conceptually, I was inspired by a photograph of Man Ray entitled "Marcel Duchamp on his deathbed". On October 1, 1968, Duchamp died of heart failure at age 81, in a silent and unexpected manner, as if by chance. He died in the company of bathroom accessories in his bath salts in the house of Neuilly-sur-Seine that he shared with his wife Teeny (Alexina Sattler), since 1954. After moving Marcel Duchamp to the bedroom with the help of the medical nephew, Teeny called Man Ray and asked him to come immediately. He did it with his elaborate camera team and Duchamp's latest photograph, "Marcel Duchamp on his deathbed" (1968), which was lost a long time ago. Soon Duchamp's body was moved to Rouen in Normandy and buried in the family cemetery grounds. Always imprudent, his tomb bears the epitaph, "D'ailleurs, c'est toujours les autres qui meurent" ("Besides, it's always the others who die"). The phrase comes from a piece of manuscript paper that Duchamp had worn for years in the inside pocket of his coat. The last day of Duchamp had been very pleasant: he visited the Vuibert bookstore on Boulevard Saint-Germain, published a letter to the editor Pierre Belfond, passed through the city and received the visit of old friend Georges Herbiet. Herbiet and Duchamp talked happily about many topics during the last meeting: chess, the peaceful death of Herbiet's wife and Duchamp's plans to travel to Chicago for a Dada exhibition. Teeny and Marcel organized a pheasant dinner for Man Ray, the writer and art critic Robert Lebel, together with their wives, which was full of insouciance and puns and morbid spoilers. Lebel, a close and long-time friend of Marcel's, contributed to Duchamp's often hermetic conceptual work being accessible to a wider audience with the publication in 1959 of "Sur Marcel Duchamp", the first monograph and reasoned catalog dedicated to the artist. In the mid-1950s, neo-Dada artists such as John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns had begun to defend Duchamp's legacy, but Duchamp's annoying devotion to Duchamp greatly expanded that circle: 1963 saw the first retrospective exhibition of Duchamp, in Pasadena Art Museum, and in 1966 the Tate Gallery hosted a large exhibition of his work. Man Ray collaborated with Duchamp in several photographic projects, such as "Rrose Sélavy" (Duchamp dressed as a woman). How, then, should we consider "Marcel Duchamp on his deathbed"? A photographic record or a work of art? I think the Man Ray’s photo is a document, and my painting is art. Why? Because my painting is not a document. Psychologically, I was inspired by the experience of my father's funeral, in which I could not be in person. This caused me a silent and persistent pain for several years. Then, by chance, I discovered a psychological exercise that was trying to heal emotional wounds with deceased persons. the exercise consisted in writing a letter to this person and sending it by mail, even knowing that it would never reach its recipient. I decided to change the letter for an oil painting. Formally, I was inspired by the German painter Gerhard Richter, who began in 1960's to create his iconic photographic paintings. From a collection of photographs that he added throughout his life - from press clippings to family photos - Richter projected and drew the images on a canvas. In the process of recreating the photos, he erased the images, leaving the subjects unidentifiable. What do you hope its viewers will think? I hope that viewers understand that there is a narrative within the history of art that deals with the artists who created their own museums. This narrative is constructed through Marcel Duchamp (Boîte-en-valise, 1936-1941), Robert Filliou (La galerie légitime, 1962-1963) and Marcel Broodthaers (Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, 1968-1972). Following this narrative, I decided to create the Davis Museum | The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (2009-ongoing), which is, simultaneously, a readymade sculpture, a non-profit collective art project, and at the same time, a cultural entity recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya (an Autonomous Community in Spain). Created symbolically in an electoral ballot box and disseminated mainly through Facebook, the Davis Museum is also the smallest contemporary art museum in the world. This cultural entity has several sections and one of them is "The Paintings Section From Davis Museum". It is divided into portraits and still lifes. The portraits represent Marcel Duchamp, Robert Filliou and Marcel Broodthaers; while still lifes represent the "Boîte-en-valise" (Box in a suitcase), the "Galerie légitime" (Legitimate gallery) and the "Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles" (Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles). Why did you choose the medium, the frame format and the color? I chose oil on canvas because I am interested in painting not only because of its versatility as a medium but also because of its rich historical repository of images and ideas. Only the best materials have been used for this work: linen canvas, oil paintings by Old Holland and medium by Blockx. As the Davis Museum is a cube, I chose the frame of the paintings to be square. I chose the gray color for the paintings from 2011 to 2016. Then, the blue color for the paintings from 2016 to 2018. And I chose the combination of blue and yellow colors for the paintings from 2019 to the next. “The Paintings Section” is the only section from Davis Museum where works of art are on sale. Support The Davis Museum art project by buying now this painting on Saatchi Art. How will your artwork be packed for a movement? Artwork will be guaranteed to be shipped in accordance with high security standards, so that your shipment is as safe as possible while traveling from the artist's studio to your museum, gallery, hotel, business or home. For this, your oil paintings on canvas will be sent unrolled, stretched out on a wooden frame, flat, without frames and any special assembly. The packaging of wrapped canvases consists of: · An acid-free archival quality glassine paper cover · Two sheets of Foam boards · A sealed heavy plastic bag (to protect against moisture) · Two layers of bubble wrap and secure with tape · Cardboard protectors to each corner of the oil painting · Two other larger sheets of Foam boards · A sturdy cardboard box marked as "Fragile" Davis Museum Paintings Section in Private Collections Alejandro Vásquez Herrero Collection, Viladecans, Spain. Daniel Marcoux Collection, Montreal, Canada. Francisco Torres Collection, Barcelona, Spain. Geert De Kegel Collection, Zele, Belgium. Soter Argyrou Collection, Nicosia, Cyprus. The Yellowstone Club Collection, Big Sky, Montana, USA.
Painting:Oil on Canvas
Size:23.6 W x 23.6 H x 1.6 D in
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My name is Davis Lisboa (1965, São Paulo, Brazil), living and working in Barcelona, Spain. I'm a multifaceted illustrator and painter who, through my work, try to erase the boundaries between graphic arts and fine arts, high and low culture, art and the market, crafts and technology. In 2009 I created the Davis Museum | Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. I have studied Desenho de Comunicação at the ETE Carlos de Campos and Painting at the Centre d'Art i Disseny Escola Massana and at the Facultat de Belles Arts de la Universitat de Barcelona. Since 1982 I've been working as a storyboard artist creating storyboards for various advertising agencies in Brazil, Spain, Russia, England or the United States. In 1987 I moved to Barcelona, where I worked as a graphic illustrator in a design studio and two years later, I opened my own illustration and painting studio. In 2005 I began to hold exhibitions as an artistic, figurative and contemporary painter at art galleries, cultural centers and art museums, and in 2009, I created the Davis Museum | The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, a cultural entity recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya, now, expanding my activity towards cultural management. I have participated in several exhibitions, including Museum Show at Arnolfini, Bristol, England; Eleven: The John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) 10 Year Retrospective at The Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, USA and at the Galería Bob Rauschenberg, Fort Myers, USA; Remix - 10 years in the mix at the en la Spor Klübü, Berlin, Germany; Small, Unusual and Specialist Museums Survey at the CRATE Studio and Project Space, Margate, England; Incubarte at Centro del Carmen, Valencia, Spain; FluxFest 2019, Pride Mail Project and Big Ideas in Small Art at The Rose Shelton Gallery, Toronto, Canada; Aquí y Ahora 6 - Power, corruption & lies at the Galería Blanca Soto, Madrid, Spain; VI Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea di Firenze, Italy; Holland Art Fair, The Hague; La Secció de les Pintures del Davis Museum, at the Casa del LLibre, Barcelona, Spain; NeoLatinísiiimo Art Biennial at the City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA; Mirades des del confinament, con Joan Fontcuberta, Festival Cruïlla, Òmnium Cultural, Igualada, España, among others.
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