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Marcel Duchamp, Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Valise), series B, c. 1942–54.

Lecture: Michael Taylor

October 26, 2015
6p reception, Kemper Art Museum; 6:30p lecture, Steinberg Auditorium

Michael Taylor, chief curator and deputy director for art and education, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will discuss the Museum’s recent acquisition, Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Valise), in terms of its history and reception, as well as its important legacy for artists working today. Duchamp described his Boîte-en-valise as a “portable museum” that would allow him to carry around his life’s work in a traveling case. Between 1935 and 1940, Duchamp recreated his oeuvre in miniature through photographs, hand-colored reproductions, and diminutive models. These facsimiles of his major paintings, drawings, and sculpture provided the source material for an edition of three hundred boxes that the artist would spend the rest of his life assembling.

Image credit

Marcel Duchamp, Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Valise), series B, c. 1942–54. Cardboard box containing miniature replicas and printed reproductions, 3 1/16 x 15 3/8 x 13 3/4" (closed). Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Bixby Fund, with funds from Aurelia Gerhard Schlapp and Samuel Kootz Gallery, by exchange, 2015.

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