VYAL ONE channels Marcel Duchamp…

Fountain is a 1917 work that was never claimed by, but widely attributed to the artist Marcel Duchamp. The sculpture, which was a porcelain urinal, was signed “R.Mutt” and titled “Fountain”. The ensuing scandal rocked the Parisian art world, as the work was submitted for the exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in 1917, and subsequently rejected by the committee– even though the rules stated that all works would be accepted from artists who paid a fee.


Fountain was displayed and photographed at Alfred Stieglitz’s studio, and the photo published in The Blind Man, but the original has been lost. The work is regarded by some art historians and theorists of the avant-garde as one of the major landmark works in 20th-century art. Replicas commissioned by Duchamp in the 1960s are now on display in a number of different museums.