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La Boîte-en-Valise [Box in a Suitcase] 1935 - 1941

Not on display

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.

Glossary Open


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.



  • Acc. No. GMA 3472
  • Medium Leather-covered case containing miniature replicas and photographs of Duchamp's works (De-luxe edition no. 2/20)
  • Size 10.00 x 38.00 x 40.50 cm (closed)
  • Credit Presented anonymously 1989