Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
The Box of 1932
Marcel Duchamp, American (born France), 1887 - 1968
Commercial cardboard box bearing label Old England, containing typed and handwritten manuscripts, proofs, and diagrams for Opposition and Sister Squares are Reconciled by M. Duchamp & V. Halberstadt (Brussels: L'Echiquier/Edmond Lancel, 1932) and one drawing, The King Checked by the Queen
Currently not on view
1994-193-1Gift of Marion Boulton Stroud in memory of Mme Alexina Duchamp, 1994
LabelAfter becoming a delegate to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) in 1931, Duchamp collaborated with the French chess player and theorist Vitaly Halberstadt on Opposition and Sister Squares Are Reconciled, a book that studied endgame strategies. In this recycled cardboard box, Duchamp assembled the manuscripts, proofs, diagrams, drawings, and notes produced in the process of the book’s publication with other chess-related records.