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Bicycle Wheel (Roue de Bicyclette)

Marcel Duchamp challenged traditional definitions of art with his controversial readymades, produced between 1913 and 1921. The readymades were mass-produced items, some slightly altered, that Duchamp presented as works of art. In 1964, Duchamp and his Milan dealer Arturo Schwarz produced a limited edition of replicas of the original readymades, most of which had been lost. The Eskenazi Museum of Art owns one of only three complete sets of the 1964 edition of eight (the others are at the National Gallery of Canada and the Israel Museum).

Duchamp’s first readymade, this work is constructed of a bicycle wheel mounted upside-down on a white kitchen stool.

Marcel Duchamp
French (active in the United States), 1887‒1968
Bicycle Wheel (Roue de Bicyclette)
1964 authorized replica edition (original 1913)
Metal bicycle fork and wheel mounted on painted wooden stool
Edition 8/8
49 ¾ x 25 ¼ x 12 5/8 inches (126.4 x 64.1 x 32.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Partial gift of Mrs. William H. Conroy, 71.37.1

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