1931-1940

  • 1931
    The Société Anonyme exhibits Max Ernst, Piet Mondrian, Joan Miró and others selected by Duchamp.
  • 1932
    Duchamp is appointed a French delegate to the International Chess Federation.
    Duchamp, with Vitaly Halberstadt, publishes a book on chess endgames entitled L'Opposition et les cases conjuguées sont réconcilées [Opposition and Sister Squares are Reconciled]. The book was printed in French, English and German at the insistence of Duchamp. He designed the cover and boxed the original manuscript with proofs and diagrams, and titled it The Box of 1932.
  • 1933
    Participates in the "Exposition Surréaliste" in Paris.
    Spends time in Cadaqués, Spain with his companion Mary Reynolds, where he meets Salvador Dalí and his wife Gala. Man Ray joins him there.
    Returns to New York in order to organize another Brancusi exhibition.
  • 1934
    Back in Paris, Duchamp publishes 300 copies of La Boîte Verte (The Green Box), which consists of preparatory notes, drawings and photos concerning the Large Glass.
    The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco "Exhibition of French Painting from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Day" includes Nude Descending a Staircase and Sonata, June 8-July 8.
  • 1935
    Participates in the first chess Olympics by correspondence as French team captain.
    Conceives his La Boîte-en-valise (The Box in a Valise), which contains photographs and miniature reproductions of most of his work.
    Exhibits his Rotoreliefs, a.k.a. Optical Discs, at an industrial trade show for inventors. He attempted to market them not as art but as scientific or educational tools, but was unable to sell any at the show.
    Designs the bookbinding for Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi, of which only two were fabricated out of leather by Mary Reynolds.
    Designs the cover for the Paris magazines Orbes, Summer issue; and Minotaur.
  • 1936
    Returns to the United States in May.
    Several works are shown at the following exhibitions: "Cubism and Abstract Art" in New York; "Exposition Surréaliste d'Objets" in Paris; "International Surrealist Exhibition" in London; and "Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism" also in New York.
    Designs Coeurs volants (Fluttering Hearts) for the cover of the Paris journal Cahiers d'Art.
    Designs the cover for George Hugnet's book of poems, Le Septième Face du dé (Paris: Éditions Jeanne Bucher).
  • 1937
    First one man-show, held in Chicago at the Arts Club.
    Designs cover for the magazine Transition, no. 26.
  • 1938
    Collaborates with Breton and others on the "Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme", Galerie Beaux-Arts, Paris. Creates the installation 1200 Bags of Coal, which consists of, amongst other things, coal bags suspended from the ceiling of the gallery.
  • 1939
    Publishes a collection of puns, Rrose Sélavy: oculisme de précision, poils et coups de pieds en tous genres (Precision Oculism, Complete Line of Whiskers and Kicks), in Paris.
  • 1940
    Designs the deluxe bookbinding for Breton's Anthologie de l'humour noir, of which one example is completed by Mary Reynolds.


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