Guided Tour of the “Marcel Duchamp and the Lure of the Copy” Exhibition
Guided Tour of the “Marcel Duchamp and the Lure of the Copy” Exhibition

Curatorial Assistant Ambra D'Antone introduces and explores the exhibition dedicated to Marcel Duchamp, which centers on a masterpiece from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Box in a Valise (1935–41), a portable museum holding 69 replicas and miniature reproductions of works by Marcel Duchamp, acquired by Peggy Guggenheim in 1941. This work is the starting point for an investigation of Duchamp’s practice of subverting the traditional hierarchy between original and copy. Indeed, in reproducing his work in different media, on various scales, and in limited editions, Duchamp radically redefined what constitutes a work of art and, by extension, the identity of the artist. The exhibition features prestigious loans from Italian and U.S. museums and from private collections, including around thirty works from a private collection in Venice.
The tour continues with Luciano Pensabene Buemi, Conservator of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, who will present the results of a scientific analysis and conservation treatment of the Box in a Valise, carried out over the course of four years, from 2019 to 2023, in the restoration laboratories of the Opificio in Florence.

  • Members only.
  • Limited places.
  • The tour is in Italian.
  • Registration required / Members only
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection