Established in 2000 to showcase the creative vibrancy of the French art scene, the Prix Marcel Duchamp rewards the most representative artists of their generation and promotes the current diversity of French production internationally. This year, the 4 nominees are: Bertille Bak, Bouchra Khalili, Tarik Kiswanson, Massinissa Selmani.
This long-standing partnership between the ADIAF (Association pour la diffusion internationale de l’art français) and the Centre Pompidou is firmly rooted in the desire to showcase the French art scene to the widest possible audience and to affirm the need to support these artists. Since it was launched, it has honoured over 90 artists, including 22 winners.
Since 2016, the four nominated artists have exhibited together at the Centre Pompidou before the winner is announced, offering visitors a snapshot of current artistic creation.The social and the collective, identities and heritages, migration and uprooting, the stories that are missing from our histories, the exploitation of the South and the muted violence stemming from colonial history – these are all themes that question contemporary creation. Bertille Bak, Bouchra Khalili, Tarik Kiswanson and Massinissa Selmani, the four artists nominated for this year’s Marcel Duchamp Prize, each address these issues in their own way.