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Lot 382 D

Marcel Duchamp - Rotoreliefs (Optical Disks)

Auction 1110 - overview Cologne
01.06.2018, 17:00 - Modern Art
Estimate: 8.000 € - 10.000 €
Result: 18.600 € (incl. premium)

Marcel Duchamp

Rotoreliefs (Optical Disks)

Kinetic multiple, wall object. With 6 cardboard discs, double-paged imprinted with colour offset lithographs. Diameter each 20 cm. 2 round metal masks enclosed as framing, to be magnetically mounted on the wooden box (37.7 x 37.7 x 8.4 cm). Metal masks and wooden box covered in black velvet In the margin of the rotorelief "Lampe" monogrammed 'M.D.' in ink and engraved signature, dating and numbering 'Marcel Duchamp 1965' on the metal sheet mounted to the inside of the box and with the title and edition note "ROTORELIEF 1935/1953 EDITION GALERIE SCHWARZ, MILAN". Copy 83/150. Edition Galleria Schwarz, Milan 1965. - Single cardboard disks slightly bumped mainly at the edges, a small cardboard tear at the edge of the rotorelief "Corolle" professionally restored. With the old electrification.

Last edition of the 'Rotoreliefs', conceived in Paris in 1935, which appeared in various versions until 1965. The present version, designed by Marcel Duchamp, processed a remainder of the disc series printed 1953 in New York after the war (cf. Schwarz, op. cit. 1970, 294 a-e, especially b, resp. cf. Schwarz (2000) 441 a-d, especially a).

Catalogue Raisonné

Schwarz (2000), 441 d


Formerly Hirsch & Adler Gallery, New York; Private collection, Rhineland; Private possession, Belgium


Arturo Schwarz, The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp, New York 1970, no. 294 e with illus. and colour illus. p. 329 ff.