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Artists only eat their replicas 
when disturbed, fearing for the original’s life. 

~ David Stavanger from 'Bottlerack(et)

Delve into the conceptual and absurdist mind Marcel Duchamp through a series of poetic responses and new perspectives dedicated to the pioneering art of Marcel Duchamp in Punch Lines: Poets Play Duchamp

Drawing on the artistic giant of the 20th century’s witty subversion of ‘high art’ and love of wordplay, the poems were performed live at the Gallery as part of Art After Hours, with host David Astle. Poems remained on display in form of museum labels and complied in an exhibition booklet as part of The Essential Duchamp exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Punch Lines: Poets Play Duchamp was presented by Red Room Poetry in partnership with Art Gallery of NSW and held as part of Sydney Writers' Festival in 2019.

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See the exhibition inspiring the poets
The Essential Duchamp 
Poetic Provocations on display
Mon 27 April – 5 May 2019
Free with exhibition entry
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Punch Lines: Poets Play Duchamp 
Poetic performance with Q&A
6-7pm Wednesday 1 May 2019
Free event
Art Gallery of New South Wales Entrance Court

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