Marcel Duchamp

The Non-Dada

About this artwork

In the 1910s Duchamp began appropriating ready-made objects (including a bicycle wheel, a shovel and a urinal), which he then signed, re-titled and presented as artworks in their own right. The object Duchamp has appropriated here is a pamphlet published by an American vocational school. Duchamp chanced upon it when he was living in New York in 1922 and sent it to his friend Man Ray, who had moved to Paris the previous year. The work is signed ‘Rrose’, the name Duchamp invented for his female alter-ego.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    The Non-Dada
  • date created:
    1922
  • materials:
    Printed brochure with ink inscription
  • measurements:
    14.00 x 11.00 cm (framed: 32.60 x 30.20 x 3.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • accession number:
    GMA 3966
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp