Image: From or By Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy (The Box in a Valise)
(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
16 1/4 in. x 15 1/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (41.28 cm x 38.42 cm x 9.84 cm)
Purchased with funds from The Walter P. and Fama Keith Foundation in memory of Walter P. Keith; the Arts Council; and John Coplans
box partially opened
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.
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