Walter Benjamin >< Marcel Duchamp
From Franck Ancel: “During a trip to Barcelona in 1997, a railway workers? strike blocked off the French-Spanish border to me. This chance situation enabled me to explore two border villages at the feet of the Eastern Pyrenees. Two significant structures caught my attention: the Walter Benjamin memorial in Port Bou on the Spanish side called Passage by Dani Karavan, and, on the French side, the H?tel Belv?d?re du Rayon Vert built by L?on Baille, the Perpignan architect.
On one side there is this memorial to Walter Benjamin who committed suicide on 26 September 1940, and on the other a building in the boat style of the 1930s containing a former cinema and theatre, listed as a 20th-century heritage building, whose name, for me, is immediately synonymous with Marcel Duchamp.