About the Exhibition

Bruno Peinado
Untitled, The Big One World
Polystyrene foam, resin, polyurethane paint, wood
240 x 170 x 100 cm
Collection: FRAC Poitou-Charentes, France
Photo: Christian Vignaud
©ADAGP,Paris & SPDA, Tokyo, 2011

Thomas Hirschhorn
Car, cardboard, book, glass, paper, paper print, various tape and plush, etc
210 x 480 x 220 cm
Collection of the artist
Installation view: Rue Henri Murger, Aubervilliers, France
Courtesy: ARNDT, Berlin
©ADAGP,Paris & SPDA, Tokyo, 2011

For ten years, an elite association of contemporary art collectors known as ADIAF has hosted what has become one of France’s most prestigious art awards, the Marcel Duchamp Prize. To celebrate the award’s first decade, this exhibition presents the work of 28 artists, including all of the winners of the Grand Prix, selected finalists and also Duchamp himself.

The exhibition’s title refers to Duchamp’s well known work Fresh Widow, which depicts a French window, and a similar theme is continued through the show’s five sections: "Duchamp's Window," "The View from the Window," "The Window of Time and Space," "The Window of the Inner World" and "Inside the Window." Together, they provide a comprehensive view of the contemporary French art scene. The exhibition begins with important works by Duchamp himself, and then presents the esprit of contemporary French art through a selection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations and videos made by artists of diverse ages and cultural backgrounds. The final section includes a re-creation of a French collector's apartment, complete with artworks.

The exhibition provides an opportunity to experience contemporary French art as it exists today – a unique expression of the nation’s psychological landscape – and at the same time it provides insight into how the collectors of this art incorporate it into their own lives. We hope visitors are inspired to contemplate for themselves the nature of art and life as well as the role that collectors can play in any art scene.

Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF)

France’s largest association of private collectors was established in 1994 with the aim of introducing the contemporary French art scene to the world. Since 2000, it has organized the Marcel Duchamp Prize in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, FIAC* and other organizations.

* The International Contemporary Art Fair, held in Paris every year in October



MAM SCREEN each month presents a video work related to an exhibition currently on at the Mori Art Museum. The works are shown on several screens throughout Roppongi Hills, including the 500 inch outdoor screen* at the Metro Hat and PDP monitors in West Walk.*Screenings are on the half hour from 9:30 to 23:30 everyday on the 500 inch outdoor screen.

Camille Henrot Branding 2002

In June, a work by Camille Henrot, the artist participating in "French Window" exhibition, will be screened from 1 to 30 June.

*The work will also be screened in between show times on the premier screen at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills from 1 June to 31 July.

In July, a work by Mathieu Mercier, the artist participating in "French Window" exhibition, will be screened.

Mathieu Mercier RoorschaacH 2005

Camille Henrot
Cesaria's Story 2001

In August, a work by Camille Henrot will be screened.

* The work will not be shown on the 500 inch outdoor screen from 1 July to 31 August.

Richard Fauguet
Silhouettes of masterpieces from art history / cut-out Vénilia
Dimensions variable
Collection: Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris
Installation View: Galerie Thomas Taubert, 1997
Photo: Thomas Taubert
Courtesy: ART: Concept, Paris