Marcel Duchamp

La Boîte-en-Valise [Box in a Suitcase]

About this artwork

This leather case contains sixty-nine miniature reproductions of Duchamp's works. This is number two of twenty-four de-luxe versions of the case. Each of these features a different, hand-coloured 'original' fixed to the inside of the lid. The box 'unpacks' in such a way that some sections slide out, with other folders and black-mounted prints inside. For Duchamp there was no clear distinction between the original and the reproduction, a concept cleverly embodied in this piece. The case is also reminiscent of a travelling salesman's display case, containing a selection of Duchamp's pre-1935 work like a portable museum, made for his move to New York in 1942.

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  • title:
    La Boîte-en-Valise [Box in a Suitcase]
  • accession number:
    GMA 3472
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  • materials:
    Leather-covered case containing miniature replicas and photographs of Duchamp's works (De-luxe edition no. 2/20)
  • date created:
    1935 - 1941
  • measurements:
    10.00 x 38.00 x 40.50 cm (closed)
  • credit line:
    Presented anonymously 1989
  • copyright:
    © Association Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve Antonia Reeve Antonia Reeve

Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp