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Marcel Duchamp. Photo : Marc Domage

La boîte en valise, 1941-1963

Object box containing 68 reproductions in facsimile
40 x 38 x 9 cm
Presented by Galerie 1900-2000, Paris

Photo : Marc Domage

Marcel Duchamp was born in 1887 in Blainville-Crevon. He died in 1968 in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

“In 1935, Marcel Duchamp commenced an inventory of his earlier creations in the form of miniature reproductions. Consisting of a cardboard box in a leather valise, the first copies of the Box in a Valise were completed in 1941. This portable museum would be produced in six other editions (without the valise) from 1941 to 1968. This version is one of the 30 unnumbered copies signed by Duchamp that comprise series E (1963). Rejecting modern, rapid processes to make his reproductions, Duchamp utilized time-consuming, old-fashioned collotype printing and pochoir. The latter process, in which each color is applied by hand, was a kind of painting by proxy. Confounding the differences between original and copy, the Box in a Valise undermined the autonomy and sanctity of the art object, demonstrating that its display and reproduction are artworks in their own right.” Paul B. Franklin

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