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The Prix Marcel Duchamp showcases young French talent, and the French contemporary art scene. Created in 2000 by ADIAF (a not-for-profit association promoting French art around the world), the prize is a fixture on the international cultural calendar.
Marcel Duchamp is a founding figure of 20th-century art and the figurehead for this prize, dedicated to promoting the talent of tomorrow. ADIAF president Gilles Fuchs explains: "[We are] a group of 250 collectors, formed in 1994 in reaction to the near-disappearance of French contemporary art from international fairs, public and private museum collections, and major sales." The Prix Marcel Duchamp salutes a French (or French resident) visual artist whose work is representative of his or her generation. The prize contributes to the winner's artistic career, establishing him or he as an important new face on the international contemporary scene.
The shortlist is selected by members of the ADIAF, with four finalists exhibiting at FIAC (the Paris international contemporary art fair). The winner, chosen by an international jury, presents a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou. The 2008 winner was Laurent Grasso. The 2009 finalists are: Saâdane Afif, Damien Deroubaix, Nicolas Moulin and Philippe Perrot.
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, like the house of Hermès before it, supports this important prize promoting a generation of new artists, and encouraging contemporary creative art in all its forms.