Trivium Art HistoryMarcel Duchamp

50 cc of Paris Air

50 cc of Paris Air, 1919 — Marcel Duchamp,
13.3 cm

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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