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Bicycle Wheel

Artist Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887–1968)
Title Bicycle Wheel (Roue de Bicyclette)
Date 1964 edition (after 1913 original)
Medium Metal bicycle wheel mounted to painted wood stool
Dimensions Overall: 49 3/4 x 25 1/4 x 12 5/8 in. (126.4 x 64.1 x 32.1 cm)
Credit Line Partial gift of Mrs. William H. Conroy, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 71.37.1

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Bicycle Wheel was Duchamp’s first readymade, made in Paris in 1913. Technically, it is an “assisted readymade” because Duchamp combined more than one factory-made object into a sculptural work of art, completely redefining how we view these common items. By affixing a spinning bicycle wheel to a kitchen stool, he also pioneered the concept of kinetic (moveable) sculpture.

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