description of La boîte-en-valise (Box in a Suitcase) by Marcel Duchamp
This work consists of dozens of reproductions, some sculptural, but most on paper, which can be stacked, bundled up, and stored in a cardboard box that fits inside a brown leather valise. When the valise is opened, several panels unfold from within to create, in essence, the walls of a small, portable museum. Miniatures of the artist’s most famous sculptures are displayed in this tiny gallery, including ‘Fountain’, and ‘50cc air de Paris’. On the unfolded walls are prints of some of Duchamp’s Cubist paintings, and photographs of elaborate sculptures. Additional prints and sheets of handwritten text can be removed from the valise and displayed lying flat, or standing upright on folding frames that resemble greeting cards. The loose pieces include a photo of Duchamp’s sculpture ‘Bottle Rack’, and a [doctored] print of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’.
- Artwork title
- La boîte-en-valise (Box in a Suitcase)
- Artist name
- Marcel Duchamp
- Date created
- photographic reproductions, celluloid, plaster, porcelain, vinyl, paper, wood, and Masonite
- 2 7/8 in. x 13 3/4 in. x 15 1/8 in. (7.3 cm x 34.93 cm x 38.42 cm)
- Date acquired
- Collection SFMOMA
Purchase and gift of Richard B. Freeman
- © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp
- Permanent URL
- Artwork status
- Not on view at this time.