Marcel Duchamp

Box in a Valise


This is No. 1 of a ‘de luxe’ edition of a travelling case (by Louis Vuitton) assembling 69 reproductions of Duchamp’s own work. This edition has one ‘original’ and a dedication to Peggy Guggenheim, who assisted Duchamp financially in its production. It includes a miniature of the celebrated upturned urinal, Fountain of 1917, and a reproduction of a ‘corrected ready-made’ of 1919—Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, hirsute and inscribed ‘L.H.O.O.Q.’ These letters, when pronounced in French, make the phrase ‘Elle a chaud au cul’, which was decorously translated by Duchamp as ‘there is fire down below’.

Artist Marcel Duchamp
Original Title Boîte-en-Valise
Date 1941
Medium Leather valise containing miniature replicas and color reproductions of works by Duchamp, and one photograph with graphite, watercolor, and ink additions
Dimensions 40.7 x 37.2 x 10.1 cm
Credit line Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York)
Accession 76.2553 PG 10
Collection Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Type Mixed media

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