The Prix Marcel Duchamp was created in 2000 by Gilles Fuchs, Founder and President of Adiaf, with the aim of highlighting the abundance of creativity in the French art scene at the start of the 21st century and to support these artists internationally. Each year, this collectors’ prize chooses a winner from a shortlist of four French artists or artists living in France from of the visual arts (installation, video, painting, photography, sculpture, performance…). The prize highlights the most significant French artists of their generation, not unlike Duchamp himself, with the support of the Association Marcel Duchamp, and aims to encourage all new, artistically stimulating art forms. Each year, all of the members of the association are invited to participate in a voting process after which the four nominees are chosen by a committee of collectors. The artists are then invited by the national Museum of Modern Art to take part in a group show at the Pompidou Centre in tandem with the galleries that represent them and that participate in the production of the pieces. The winner is then chosen by an international jury of established contemporary art experts made up of distinguished curators and French and foreign collectors. Both Adiaf’s selection committee and the international jury change each year. Over 80 artists, both winners and nominees, have been recognised by the Prix Marcel Duchamp. It has become a veritable ambassador for French art over the years, as it constitutes a unique panorama of the vitality of the French contemporary art scene and provides a truly open overview.
The Prix Marcel Duchamp is the result of a public/private partnership that is quite unique as, from the very beginning, it has been organised in tandem with the Pompidou Centre, one of the world’s most important art institutions. This has given a new generation of artists access to a structure that can truly raise awareness of their work and help them gain international recognition. For the first fifteen editions of the prize, the Pompidou Centre gave the winner the opportunity to hold a solo show, providing French artists with an exceptional showcase in the National Museum of Modern Art. The Prix Marcel Duchamp was given a huge boost in 2016 when the Pompidou Centre opened the show up to all four nominees with a three-month long group show in Galerie 4, a 750 m2 exhibition space, with support from one of the museum’s curators. This progressive move means the work of all four finalists is recognised and it also reinforces the international aspect of the Prix Marcel Duchamp.
- A three-month exhibition shows the four finalists’ work at the Pompidou Centre. It takes place in the National Museum of Modern Art’s “Galerie 4”, receives an average of 100 000 visitors and is widely advertised. Adiaf donates 30, 000 euros to the galleries representing the artists toward the installation of the exhibition (7, 500 euros per artist).
- A prestigious prize-giving ceremony announces the winner of the Prix Marcel Duchamp bringing all of the major actors of the contemporary art world together to celebrate the French art scene: collectors, art industry figures, institutions, museums, press.
- Adiaf publishes a catalogue of the Prix Marcel Duchamp dedicated to the four artists and the exhibition.
- The winner receives a prize of 35, 000 euros from Adiaf.
- The short-listed artists are eligible for a two-year residency at the Sèvres – Manufacture et Musée nationaux (separate call for projects).
- The shortlisted artists get the opportunity to take part in Adiaf’s international exhibitions with support from the Institut Français. Over 20 of these exhibitions have taken place so far involving over 50 artists, both nominees and winners of the Prix Marcel Duchamp.