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From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rose Selavy (Box in a Suitcase)

From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rose Selavy (Box in a Suitcase)

French, 1887–1968

From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rose Selavy (Box in a Suitcase)

Miniature replicas and color reproductions of works by Duchamp contained in a cloth-covered cardboard box enclosed in a suitcase of red leather: 68 items, and 12 additional reproductions

41.5 x 38.5 x 9.9 cm

Gift of Jacqueline Matisse Monnier, Paris, and Arturo Schwarz, Milan

© Succession Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris, 2010
Accession number:

B09.0715

Arts/Modern Art

This carefully organized box contains reproductions of the artist’s work in the form of two-dimensional prints and three-dimensional miniature replicas of readymades. This portable museum, holding Duchamp’s most important artistic achievements, relates to his status as a serial expatriate. The Boîte also plays with Duchamp’s interest in the commercial world: the foldout box resembles a store window displaying multiple mass-produced commodities; a salesman’s sample kit, in which he would carry miniature replicas of his whole line; or a puppeteer’s portable theater.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Kamien-Kazhdan, Adina (ed.), Modernism in Dialogue: 20th-Century Painting and Sculpture in the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2010