Bouche-évier (Sink Stopper)

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

1967 cast of 1964 lead original


2 1/2 x 3/8 inches (6.4 × 1 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 182, Modern and Contemporary Art, first floor (d’Harnoncourt Gallery)

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Credit Line:
Gift of Carl Steele, 1981

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While secretly working "underground" on his final masterpiece, Étant donnés, Duchamp claimed that he had given up art for chess. Mysterious objects nevertheless emerged, hinting that the artist was indeed at work on another project. This enigmatic molded item in bronze alludes to human anatomy and offers insight into the working process involved in the making of Étant donnés.

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