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