Art historian Marian Cousijn (1987) is specialized in modern and contemporary art and exhibitions. For her thesis for the MA Museum Curator, she looked at the influence of Marcel Duchamp's practice on the power struggle between artists and curators. Marian worked at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and currently writes about contemporary art: most notably for De Correspondent, an online platform for journalism.
Marcel Duchamp made his first readymade over a century ago: a deceptively simple gesture that would turn the art world upside down. The core of artistic practise no longer lies in creating, but in selecting and displaying. But selecting and displaying are also the core tasks of the independent curator. Duchamp already proved in the 1930’s how powerful an exhibition maker can be. A power struggle arose: who gives meaning to art, the curator or the artist?