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"Everything important that I have done can be put into a little suitcase," Duchamp said in 1952: finally that suitcase is available to all.
One of the most important and enigmatic pieces of modernist art, Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Valise) was assembled by Marcel Duchamp between 1935 and 1941. The portable suitcase contains "the sum of his artistic work" up to that point. It was originally produced in an edition of 300.
This is the first ever reinterpretation of the legendary book-object, conceptualized by French artist Mathieu Mercier and now available to a broader audience. At once a work of art in and of itself, and a reproduction in the Duchampian spirit, this miniature museum contains 69 reproductions of Duchamp's most celebrated creations, including the famous "Fountain", "Nude Descending a Staircase" and the "Large Glass". Mercier has reproduced the bulk of the contents of Duchamp's original box in paper form, designing everything to scale. Playful and accessible, the "Boîte" reflects Duchamp's desire to display his works outside the museum and gallery system.
- Designed by Mathieu Mercier from Marcel Duchamp's original
- Box format with loose reproductions inside
- Publisher: Walther Koenig
- Boxed, 14.75 X 14.75 in.
- 69 reproductions
- ISBN: 9783863355180
I have waited fifty years to have an opportunity to own one of these. Mine arrived today and I was totally amazed at what a beautiful job has been done with this. Most of these works have never been available in any reproductions until now and I am astounded to be able to hold them in my hands. So many fabulous works of art that I feel were the basis for much of what followed in the twentieth century. Thank you to the Philadelphia Museum for making this available.