PRIZE: 2016 Marcel Duchamp Prize, Nominations


ADIAF_okNew format for the Marcel Duchamp Prize

On the 4th of February at ARTCURIAL, Gilles Fuchs, President of the ADIAF, revealed the names of the Four artists nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize which will be experiencing a major development in 2016.


After 15 editions putting it among the top benchmark national prizes worldwide, the Marcel Duchamp Prize is gaining new momentum thanks to the ADIAF’s strengthened partnership with the Centre Pompidou, in existence since the creation of the prize in 2000.
The prize’s new format, being inaugurated for this sixteenth edition, includes the organization of a group exhibition of the four nominated artists – and not just for the winner as before – to be shown for 3 months in the 650m2 Galerie 4, soon to replace the 315 Space, in the Centre Pompidou

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A Choix Cornélien, meaning Impossible Choice!

The competition is extremely tight. It is almost impossible to say who is the best. They are all four very good in their field. The shift ADIAF is doing by exhibiting all four nominated at the Centre Pompidou, changes the Prize into one great prize for four-already-recognized-French-artists instead of a Prize for one emerging French artist selected among Four other emerging French artists.

We understand easily that the new format takes the Marcel Duchamp Prize to an international level, which is from our point of view, very good.

On the other hand, ADIAF is losing its leverage ability for an emerging French artist to shine.

Could they do both?

Nominated artists

(click on their names to go to their websites)


Born in 1970 in Dugny (Seine-Saint-Denis)
Lives and works in Paris and Berlin
Galleria Continua, San Gimignano Nagel Draxler, Berlin Krinzinger, Vienne Lehmann Maupin, New York.


Born in 1971 in Paris
Lives and works in Tanger and New York
Galerie Polaris, ParisSfeir-Semler, Hambourg et BeyrouthGalerieofmarseillePace London.


Born in 1974 in Karlsruhe, Germany
Lives and works in Paris
Galerie Art Concept, Paris.

Barthélémy TOGUO

Born in 1967 in Cameroon
Lives and works between Paris, Bandjoun and New York
Galerie Lelong, Paris.

Members of the 2016 selection committee

Matthieu de BÉZENAC, Béatrice CHARON, Gilles FUCHS, Marie-Ange MOULONGUET, Jean-Bernard PONTHUS, Pierre PRADIÉ, Chantal SANGLIER, Daniel SCHILDGE, Akemi SHIRAHA, Colette TORNIER and Jean-Michel VERGÈS.

Curator for the 2016 Marcel Duchamp Prize in the Centre Pompidou

Alicia KNOCK

International jury for 2016

Iwona BLAZWICK (United Kingdom), Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Bernard BLISTÈNE (France), Director of the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Manuel BORJA-VILLEL (Spain), Director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte at Reina Sofia, Madrid
Laurent DUMAS (France), Collector, President of Emerige
Gilles FUCHS (France), Collector, President of the ADIAF
Erika HOFFMANN (Germany), Collector, Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin
Akemi SHIRAHA (France-Japan), representing the Marcel Duchamp Association for the prize