With the 2016 Prix Marcel Duchamp, the Centre Pompidou is hosting all four finalists for the first time: this year, Kader Attia, Yto Barrada, Ulla von Brandenburg and Barthélémy Toguo. The prize is an annual event staged with the ADIAF (association for the international dissemination of French art).
With this initiative, the ADIAF and the Centre Pompidou are giving the Prix Marcel Duchamp a new impulse, with the works of the nominee artists being presented in a single group exhibition in Galerie 4 at the Centre Pompidou. Tribute is now paid not only to the winner but to all the finalists, and audiences can compare their projects. While the prizewinners have always played a special role in the museum’s history because their works automatically join the collection, this new formula means that the artists nominated can exhibit at the Centre Pompidou – sometimes for the first time – and a broad spectrum of the public will have a chance to discover their work.
This first joint exhibition will highlight their shared prerogatives, such as an eye on current affairs, an anthropological approach and the attraction of ritual. Each year, a curator from the team of the Mus.e National d’Art Moderne will be associated with the concept of this collective project.