Optimistic Box 3
Remscheid, Germany: Vice-Versand, 1968
12 x 6 x 3 cm.
The third of four (though listed as five) Optimistic Boxes that Filliou issued via Vice-Versand* in the late sixties. Box 3 consists of a wooden chess box with brass hinges and clasps, with two printed paper labels. The exterior reads "So much the better if you can't play chess" and on the interior "You won't imitate Marchel Duchamp"
The works were produced as an open edition, though are now quite scarce. Optimistic Box 3 is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Walker Art Centre, the Bonito Foundation, The Emily Harvey Foundation, and many others.
*A weeks-long focus on the German publisher is forthcoming, with a few solicited entries by artists and collectors. If you wish to contribute a post, let me know.