Marcel Duchamp

(Blainville, France, 1887 - 1968, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)

From or By Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy (The Box in a Valise)

1941 (1968 edition)

Mixed media

15 1/8 x 16 1/4 x 3 7/8 in. (38.4 x 41.4 x 9.9 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Purchased with funds from The Walter P. and Fama Keith Foundation in memory of Walter P. Keith; the Arts Council; and John Coplans


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Declared "a portable museum" by Duchamp, The Box in a Valise, as this work is more commonly known, is a fascinating mini-retrospective of the artist's career. It contains approximately 80 diminuitive replicas and facsimilies of works he created over a forty-year period. Duchamp and his friends produced nearly 300 copies of this box between 1941 and 1968. The Rrose Sélavy referred to in the work's title was a fictional character—a feminine alter-ego Duchamp created in the early 1920s. Many of the works he produced thereafter were signed with Rrose's name.


Stamped sig. "Marcel Duchamp", signed by Teeny Duchamp in ink

Mixed media
Conceptual Art
Modern Art