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
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.