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The 1970s conceptualist Marcel Broodthaers was the true heir to the spirit of Dada. His wise, witty and arcane work is now on show in Milton Keynes

By Ben Lewis   March 2008

Tate Modern’s new Duchamp, Picabia and Man Ray exhibition is as exemplary as it is extensive—a personal and philosophical take on 20th-century art history. These three artists were friends, and the exhibition, pursuing a fashionable line in art historical inquiry, emphasises that art is as much the product of interactions between individuals as it is about ideas and theories. Not that theory has been binned: the show also reminds us that these founding Dadaists were also the grandfathers of conceptual art. There has, the Tate rightly boasts, been no major exhibition of this kind in Britain since the Duchamp show…

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