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Box in a Valise (Boîte-en-Valise)
from or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy (de ou par Marcel Duchamp ou Rrose Sélavy)

Marcel Duchamp, American (born France), 1887 - 1968

Geography:
Made in Paris, France, Europe
And made in New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America

Date:
1935-1941 (contents); 1938 (collotype); deluxe edition, Series A, 1943

Medium:
Brown leather valise with handle containing sixty-nine miniature replicas and printed reproductions and one original, Virgin (No. 2), 1938, hand-colored collotype

Dimensions:
Valise (closed): 16 x 14 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches (40.6 x 37.5 x 10.8 cm)

Copyright:
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1950-134-934

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Label:
Duchamp’s Box in a Valise, also known as from or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy, contains miniature copies of a selection of the artist’s works, including his Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2) and The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass), the originals of which are in the Museum’s collection. The replicas are stored in a meticulously constructed container with expanding wings, itself packaged in a leather carrying case. Duchamp created roughly three hundred versions of the Box, spanning seven editions, between 1941 and 1968.

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