Analysis out of the box

The origins of Contemporary Art

Analysis out of the boxContemporary Art | From the eve of World War I to the mid 20th century, major artistic movements revolutionize thought and esthetics, blasting apart established forms to create a new permissive space. These movements arise out of the intense intellectual transformations that occur during this period of unprecedented political and social upheaval.

Marcel Duchamp, ’’Fontain’’ © Succession Marcel Duchamp, ARS, N.Y. / ADAGP, Paris
Marcel Duchamp, ’’Fontain’’
© Succession Marcel Duchamp, ARS, N.Y. / ADAGP, Paris

A world in flux

A new perception of space and time

At the 1900 World’s Fair, visitors see a dream on the verge of becoming reality : electricity, speed, automobiles, and cinema. It is a presentation of the most recent technological advances that, in only a few years, will overtake and render obsolete the technological accomplishments of the past.

A new perception of space and time : as they gain speed, railroads create a transportation network that incites nations to open their borders. The airplane and the conquest of the skies give reality to a primitive fantasy. The invention of the radio allows instantaneous broadcasting all over the world. Stephan Zweig, a contemporary, remembers, “Thanks to the worldwide […]

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Marcel Duchamp, ’’Fontain’’ © Succession Marcel Duchamp, ARS, N.Y. / ADAGP, Paris

Marcel Duchamp, ’’Fontain’’
© Succession Marcel Duchamp, ARS, N.Y. / ADAGP, Paris

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