Great Works of Art: Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’

A disruptive work of modern art that continues to inspire

Fountain’ (1917) by Marcel Duchamp (replica). Source Wikimedia Commons

Intentionally Disruptive

In the 21st century, we are familiar to the term ‘disruptive’. In its positive form it means to be innovative or groundbreaking, usually applied to business models that create new ‘value networks’ within the marketplace. In other words, to disrupt is to shake up the customary way of doing things.

Marcel Duchamp ‘Fountain’, 1917, photograph by Alfred Stieglitz at 291 (art gallery) following the 1917 Society of Independent Artists exhibit, reproduced in ‘The Blind Man’, №2, New York, 1917. Source Wikimedia Commons

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