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A wall-mounted kinetic sculpture comprising a set of six double-sided interchangeable cards which may be mounted on a three-arm wire platform set before a black velvet-covered board, which conceals a turntable. The cards are motor-driven and, when rotating, produce a variety of visual effects. White plastic electrical cable issues from underside. The work is signed by the artist on a white cloth label mounted on the board, at front left. The cards are from a 1953 remake of a 1935 conception, but issued as a new edition with the accompanying turntable by Éditions MAT of Paris in 1959. The double-sided cards, kept within a cardboard folder, are entitled: Cerceaux, Verre de Boheme; Éclipse totale, Spirale blanche; Corolles, Lampe; Montgolfier, Cage; Poisson Japonais, Escargot; Oeuf à la cocque, Lanterne chinoise.
metal, wood, cardboard, baize & plastic
H 40.2 x W 40.2 x D 8.4 cm
on loan from a private collection
back of board: MOTEUR 110 VOLTS; back of board with arrow: TRANSFORMATEUR 220 VOLTS; back of board: hand-written inscriptions on labels, at top: 11 and IMP 11/102 94 34.; back of board, at bottom: red printed Edition MAT / Oeuvres d’art multiplies; label with handwritten inscriptions: Marcel Duchamp / ROTORELIEF and the edition number 15/00; a printed and handwritten label: PROPERTY NO. 1029 434; REF. NO. IMP/IT 11; COLOUR; BW.