From Death to Death and Other Small Tales | Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the D.Daskalopoulos Collection

  • 15th December 2012 − 8th September 2013 | Modern One (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) | Admission Free

Duchamp's 'La Boîte-en-Valise' [Box in a Suitcase] installation video

  • Marcel Duchamp, 'La Boîte-en-Valise' [Box in a Suitcase]
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Lauren Logan, Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, describes Duchamp's 'La Boîte-en-Valise' [Box in a Suitcase] as it is unpacked
by members of the Conservation team.

Commenting on the Boîte-en-valise, Duchamp explained: ‘Instead of painting something new, my aim was to reproduce the paintings and the objects I liked and collect them in a space as small as possible. I did not know how to go about it. I first thought of a book, but I did not like the idea. Then it occurred to me that it could be a box in which all my works would be collected and mounted like in a small museum, a portable museum, so to speak.'

This is the first time the installation of this work has been filmed and shown to the public.

[Duration 3:55]

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