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50 cc of Paris Air

Marcel Duchamp, 1919
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50 cc of Paris Air is a Dadaist Glass Sculpture created by Marcel Duchamp in 1919. It lives at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the United States. The image is © Estate of Marcel Duchamp / ARS, New York / ADAGP, Paris, and used according to Educational Fair Use, and tagged Sculpture. Source

Duchamp bought this small glass ampoule from a Paris pharmacist as a souvenir for his friend and patron Walter C. Arensberg. In 1949, the vial was accidentally broken and repaired, which begs the question: Is the air even from Paris anymore?

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The Writings Of Marcel Duchamp, Recommended Reading

For an infamous art-trickster, Marcel Duchamp wrote seriously about the nature of art and artists as 'mediumistic beings navigating a labyrinth beyond time and space.' Very worth a read.

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