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Found art

Found art (French: Objet d'art) is a term used to describe art created from common objects not normally considered to be artistic. The idea behind "found art" is that the piece of art derives its significance from the context into which it is put. Found art blurs the traditional lines of what art is and questions the very nature of art itself.

Marcel Duchamp's "readymades" are some famous examples of found art: for one piece, Fountain, he signed a urinal with the name "R. Mutt" and mounted it face up. Another piece, Bottle Rack, is simply that: a bottle rack signed by Duchamp.

See also: Pop art, Modernism