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French Window: Looking at Contemporary Art through the Marcel Duchamp Prize
Written by KALONSNET Editor   
Published: November 29 2010

Bruno Peinado The Big One World (2000)
Polystyrene foam, resin, polyurethane paint, wood
240 x 170 x 100 cm
Collection: FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France
Photo©Christian Vignaud

Thomas Hirschhorn Spinoza-Car (2009)
Car, cardboard, book, glass, paper, paper print, various tape and plush, etc
210 x 480 x 220 cm, Collection of the artist
Courtesy: ARNDT, Berlin
Installation view: Rue Henri Murger, Aubervilliers, France

The last decade of French contemporary art through the perspective of the collectors
in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, hosted by ADIAF, a group of French collectors

This exhibition introduces the work of contemporary artists who have won or been finalists for the prize and also the work of Duchamp himself. 27 artists are included in total. The exhibition - the title of which refers to the pun in the name of Duchamp's well known work Fresh Widow - includes five sections: "Duchamp's Window," "The View from the Window," "The Window of Time and Space," "The Window of the Inner World" and "Inside the Window." The first section includes important examples of Duchamp's "readymades," while the next three sections showcase the essence of French contemporary art through a selection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations and videos made by the artists of diverse ages and cultural backgrounds who have achieved success in the Marcel Duchamp Prize's 10-year history. The fifth and final section includes a full-scale recreation of a typical French collector's apartment, complete with artworks.

Confronted with the artists' diverse forms of expression - each dealing in original ways with such themes as everyday life, time and generic urban landscapes - the audience has the chance to feel directly the atmosphere of the French artistic scene, and to know even more about the fascinating historical, social and cultural contexts out of which the works have emerged. In the "age of the collector" or "the age of living together," this exhibition also represents a chance to think deeply on the potential for collaboration in Japan between the public sector – public museums and organizations – and the private sector – collectors and also private museums.

Association for the International Diffusion of French Art The Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF), which has 300 members, is the most important association of private art collectors in France. It was established in 1994 with the aims of contributing to the international promotion of the French art scene and also increasing awareness of contemporary art in general. The ADIAF is supported by companies originating or based in France.

The Marcel Duchamp Prize The Marcel Duchamp Prize is held in honor of the great 20th century French artist as a way of supporting and promoting the activities of the artists who lead the French contemporary scene. The prize, which is open to all artists living in France, was established in 2000 by ADIAF. It is organized in partnership with the Centre Pompidou and the FIAC (International Contemporary Art Fair).

* The text provided by MORI ART MUSEUM.

Period: March 26 - Auguest 28, 2011

Last Updated on March 26 2011

Editor's Note by Maho TANAKA

Bruno Peinado The Big One World (2000)
Collection: FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France
Photo©Christian Vignaud

"Marcel Duchamp prize" is a contemporary art prize sponsored by a collector group ADIAF in France. This exhibition commemorates the tenth anniversary with the title referred from Duchamp's most important work "French window". As like the title, it invites us to colorful scenery from the free and witty "Window" with humor.

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