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Work de Jean Tinguely

La Broyeuse de chocolat, 1978

Hommage à Marcel Duchamp

  • TitreLa Broyeuse de chocolat (The Chocolate Grinder)
  • Sous-titreHommage à Marcel Duchamp (Tribute to Marcel Duchamp)
  • Créateur
  • Type d'élémentWork


A tribute to Marcel Duchamp, this work was originally a tool used to grind chocolate beans. On the grinder, a metal plate indicates its origin: "Société Anonyme des Anciens Etablissements A.SAVY, JEAN JEAN & CIE", a company specialized in the manufacture of cocoa mills since 1778. The circular structure comprises a cast-steel body with two granite wheels, one of which is encircled with metal. The two stone wheels turn upon an axis, along a perfectly flat path. An exterior geared wheel connected the grinder to its motor. The work was installed in January 1978.

Lieux et dates



  • Matériaux
  • Numéro d'inventaireFNAC 95419 (11)
  • Dimensions194 x 170 x 170 cm
  • Weight1,5 tonnes