I am not dead… I am in Herne Bay wrote Marcel Duchamp on a postcard to his friend Max Bergmann at the beginning of August 1913.
Depressed by the reception his painting ‘ Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2′ had received in New York earlier that year, Duchamp was considering giving up art to become a librarian. Until he spent the summer in the beautiful, vibrant and dynamic town of Herne Bay. After this, Duchamp returned home full of fresh ideas that changed the direction of modern art irrevocably. We think this is something to celebrate.
Our ambitions for our festival are simple. We want to make everyone in Herne Bay aware of Marcel Duchamp and his work and proud of his connection with our town. And we want to show visitors that Herne Bay is as exciting today as it was when Duchamp arrived here as a young man of 26.