Marcel Duchamp’s Porte-bouteilles for sale at Thaddaeus Ropac

 Paris  |  19 September 2016  |  AMA  |  Tweet  |  LinkedIn

The Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, along with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, is selling Marcel Duchamp’s well-known Porte-bouteilles from 1959. The gallery will be making sure to place this piece in a museum collection. This emblematic work is being shown in the gallery’s Marais space along with a selection of works by the French artist and archive documents. The exhibition (October 20 to January 14) coincides with the 100th anniversary of the term “ready-made”, used by the artist in a letter to his sister Suzanne in 1916. An illustrated catalogue will also be published, with new texts by Cécile Debray, curator of the modern collections at the Musée National d’Art Moderne / Centre Pompidou in Paris, and Paul B. Franklin, head editor of the journal Étant donné Marcel Duchamp. Robert Rauschenberg met Duchamp in 1953 at the Stable Gallery in New York. In 1959, both artists took part in a collective exhibition called “Art and the Found Object” at the Time-Life Reception Centre in New York. Marcel Duchamp’s Porte-bouteilles, originally purchased at the Grand Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville in Paris by Man Ray after he had lost his 1930s version, was sent to the United States, and bought by Rauschenberg at that point.

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