Double Meaning Masterclass: The Lure of the Copy
Double Meaning Masterclass: The Lure of the Copy

On March 9 and 10, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents a special event—part of its accessibility program for blind, partially sighted, and sighted visitors—centered on Marcel Duchamp’s artistic practice.

"Sculpture is never original,” argued Duchamp in 1966. “Sculptors differ from painters; they aren’t bound to make unique works; for them, originals can be multiple.” Based on repetition, replication, and seriality, sculpture thus provided a starting point for Duchamp’s challenge to the concept of originality in art, which he carried out with his distinctive wit and irony.

Double Meaning Masterclass provides a theoretical introduction to Duchamp’s artistic practice and his interest in the relationship between original and copy, the focus of the Marcel Duchamp and the Lure of the Copy exhibition. Following discussions on the reproducibility of art, participants will mold countless replicas of an object. Each of these will then be further worked to create the “infra-thin” differences that will make it a “authentic copy.”

The workshop is led by Valeria Bottalico, the designer and curator of the Double Meaning: Tactile Tours at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection program. The sculpture workshop is curated and led by blind artist Felice Tagliaferri.


Saturday, March 9

10 am–1 pm Theoretical introduction and tactile exploration
1–2:30 pm Break
2:30–5:30 pm Workshop

Sunday, March 10

10:30 am–1 pm Workshop
1–2:30 pm Break
2:30–5:30 pm Workshop and tactile exploration
  • Participation is free. Limited places available (maximum 10 people).
  • The workshop is for blind, partially sighted, and sighted adults aged 16 and above.

For information and registration:
+39 041 2405 430

The event is for a maximum of 15 participants

  • Free / Registration required
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection