Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Valise) Artist: Marcel Duchamp (American, born France, 1887–1968)


Prints and Drawings

Like his painting Tu m’ of 1918, Marcel Duchamp’s Box in a Valise, begun in 1941, was conceived as a summation of his career to date. The artist arranged sixty-nine meticulously crafted miniature reproductions of his major works from before 1941 in an elaborate leather suitcase, or “portable museum,” as he described it. Each of the twenty-four editions of this work also included one original: Katherine Dreier’s Valise, for example, contained a drawing of the Knights of the Société Anonyme logo. Other works included in the Valise were Duchamp’s Readymade sculpture Fountain (1917), which generated controversy among the Society of Independent Artists, and his “large glass,” The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (1915–23), which was first exhibited in the 1926 Brooklyn International Exhibition and remained in Dreier’s possession until her death.




4 1/4 × 17 × 18 in. (10.8 × 43.2 × 45.7 cm)

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Gift of Katherine S. Dreier to the Collection Société Anonyme

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20th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.

  • Paul B. Franklin et al., Étant donné: Marcel Duchamp, Katherine S. Dreier, and La Société Anonyme, Inc. (Paris: Association pour l'étude de Marcel Duchamp, 2009), 71, ill
  • Ruth L. Bohan et al., The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, ed. Jennifer Gross, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 192, ill
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Stamped in gold on inside edge "Yale University Art Gallery XVII / XX"


Signed, dated, and inscribed in ink on bottom of interior: pour Yale University Art Gallery / ce No. XVII de vingt boites - en - valise contenant / chacune 69 items et un original et / par Marcel Duchamp New York aout 1948; at lower right of Knight's Head: M.D. 1920; on mount below drawing: Letterhead of the 'Societe Anonyme' / original drawing

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