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Chess, early 1920s-1968, undated


Scope and Contents

This subseries documents Duchamp's long-term and varied relationship with chess. Most photographs are of Duchamp playing or watching a chess match. Other photographs document the various groups with which he played chess, including tournament teams in Europe. One portrait shows Duchamp with a pocket chess set of his own creation, and another with the magnetized chess board designed by Man Ray. There is also an image of Duchamp looking at his 1925 French Chess Championship poster.


  • early 1920s-1968, undated

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Predominantly in English with some material in French.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. David Sylvester's typescript for the article "Bicycle Parts" can only be consulted with permission of the author's estate.


From the Collection: 18 linear feet


Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States