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An Unopened Door

    "Let's see, when was the last time I met Franz Bonaparta... It was the summer of '81 or '82. He looked oddly refreshed. And in the doorway as he was leaving... he turned to me and said... "How about this story? The door that must not be opened"... So I asked him. Is it paradise behind it? Does a monster come out? And he said... "No... you can't open the door, so there is no point"... And he laughted and left. That was the last time I saw him."

    Door, 11 Rue Larrey (1927), the door in the studio on Rue Larrey in Paris, where Marcel Duchamp lived from 1927 to 1942. Since his studio was too narrow, the artist created a corner door which served two doorways (between the studio and the bedroom, and the studio and the bathroom). The door could be both open and closed at the same time, thus providing Duchamp with a household paradox as well as a practical space-saving device.