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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.
Kept with the cards is an invitation to the private view of the Marcel Duchamp exhibition at the Tate Gallery on 17th June 1966, with on its front the image of ‘Éclipse totale’.
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.