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These Mashups, Mixing Classical And Contemporary Art, Are Genius

Marina Abromovic, meet Marcel Duchamp.

  • <p>George Lucas, Star Wars: Episode IV. A new hope, 1977 vs. Dan Flavin, Untitled (to Virginia Dwan), 1971</p>
  • <p>Marina Abramovic, The artist is present, MOMA, 2010 vs.<br />
Julian Wasser, Duchamp Playing Chess with a Nude (Eve Babitz), Pasadena Art Museum, 1963</p>
  • <p>Curzio Malaparte, Villa Malaparte, 1937-1943, Capri vs.<br />
Carolyn Davidson, Nike Swoosh, 1971</p>
  • <p>Piero della Francesca, Pala di Brera, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano, 1469-1474 vs. Francis Bacon, Portrait of George Dyer Talking, 1966</p>
  • <p>Caravaggio, The Calling of St Matthew, 1599-1600 vs. Luigi Ghirri, Campegine, 1986</p>
  • <p>SANAA, Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne, 2004-2010 vs. Paolo Scheggi, Intersuperficie curva bianca, 1969</p>
  • <p>Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Model of S.R. Crown Hall,  Photography © Chicago History Museum vs. Edouard Manet, Un bar aux Folies-Bergères, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1881-1882</p>
  • <p>David Gandy, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Advertising Campaign, 2007 vs. Fauno Barberini, Glyptothek, München, 220 AC</p>
  • <p>Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour, Learning from Las Vegas, 1972 vs. Caspar David Friedrich, Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer, Hamburger Kunsthalle, 1818</p>
  • <p>Carlo Scarpa, Palazzo Abatellis, Galleria Regionale di Sicilia, Palermo, 1953-1954 vs. Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1969</p>
  • <p>Frank Owen Gehry, Winton Guest House, Orono (USA), 1983-1987 vs. Giorgio Morandi, Natura Morta, 1956</p>
  • <p>Walter De Maria, New York Earth Room, 1977 vs. Olafur Eliasson, Riverbed, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014</p>
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    George Lucas, Star Wars: Episode IV. A new hope, 1977 vs. Dan Flavin, Untitled (to Virginia Dwan), 1971

  • 02 /12

    Marina Abramovic, The artist is present, MOMA, 2010 vs.
    Julian Wasser, Duchamp Playing Chess with a Nude (Eve Babitz), Pasadena Art Museum, 1963

  • 03 /12

    Curzio Malaparte, Villa Malaparte, 1937-1943, Capri vs.
    Carolyn Davidson, Nike Swoosh, 1971

  • 04 /12

    Piero della Francesca, Pala di Brera, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano, 1469-1474 vs. Francis Bacon, Portrait of George Dyer Talking, 1966

  • 05 /12

    Caravaggio, The Calling of St Matthew, 1599-1600 vs. Luigi Ghirri, Campegine, 1986

  • 06 /12

    SANAA, Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne, 2004-2010 vs. Paolo Scheggi, Intersuperficie curva bianca, 1969

  • 07 /12

    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Model of S.R. Crown Hall, Photography © Chicago History Museum vs. Edouard Manet, Un bar aux Folies-Bergères, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1881-1882

  • 08 /12

    David Gandy, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Advertising Campaign, 2007 vs. Fauno Barberini, Glyptothek, München, 220 AC

  • 09 /12

    Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour, Learning from Las Vegas, 1972 vs. Caspar David Friedrich, Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer, Hamburger Kunsthalle, 1818

  • 10 /12

    Carlo Scarpa, Palazzo Abatellis, Galleria Regionale di Sicilia, Palermo, 1953-1954 vs. Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1969

  • 11 /12

    Frank Owen Gehry, Winton Guest House, Orono (USA), 1983-1987 vs. Giorgio Morandi, Natura Morta, 1956

  • 12 /12

    Walter De Maria, New York Earth Room, 1977 vs. Olafur Eliasson, Riverbed, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014

Davide Trabucco's Confórmi series began as a way for the Italian architect to manage his visual references. When he comes across an image that reminds him of another image or artwork, he splices them diagonally in half, fits the two halves together like puzzle pieces and archives them on Tumblr.

It's a simple idea, but the cleverness comes in Trabucco's execution. In a still from Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope Darth Vader's lightsaber seamlessly becomes a glowing Dan Flavin piece. A nude Eve Babitz playing chess against Marcel Duchamp in Julian Wasser's iconic photograph is replaced by a stone-faced Marina Abramovic during her 750-hour performance piece The Artist Is Present. In an image mashing together a Dolce & Gabbana ad with an ancient Hellenic sculpture, a sultry model lounging on a boat gets a sculpted marble lower half.

In most of the images, a contemporary artwork is juxtaposed with a classic sculpture, piece of architecture or painting. Perhaps they're a comment on art and originality? "The subtitle, 'Forms don’t belong to anyone,' aims to underline that artists and their works are independent," Trabucco writes in an email. "What we produce no longer belongs to us the moment we present it to the world." In that case, copyright be damned—Marina, meet Marcel.

Check out our slide show above for a selection of the images, or visit Trabucco's Tumblr here for the full archive.

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