(Blainville, France, 1887 - 1968, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)
1941 (1968 edition)
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
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