Tours, 19 June 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
From 29 June to 16 September, the nominated artists for the Marcel Duchamp Prize will be displaying their works at the Château de Tours.
Since 2000, the ADIAF (Association for the International Diffusion of French art) chaired by Gilles Fuchs, has awarded the Marcel Duchamp Prize to the most deserving artist during the annual event of the FIAC. After a careful selection, four artists are nominated and the winner is designated after the work’s presentation by each artist to the jury. The winner is awarded with an exhibition of their work in Espace 315 at the Centre Pompidou as well as a €35,000 award. Only open to artists living in France, this prize is considered the french equivalent of the Turner Prize.
Valérie Favre developed an intimate figurative painting weaved with dream-like visions and autobiographical passages which immerse the viewer in an enigmatic and complex universe. Her spokesperson will be Philippe Dagen, art historian and art critic. She is represented by the Jocelyn Wolf Gallery in Paris while her contemporaries Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel are represented by the Loevenbruck gallery, also in Paris. Oscillating between sculpture and ready-made, the works of these two artists integrate manufactured items with traditional artistic techniques, all the while using an astonishing quantity of materials. Their jury secretary is Charlotte Lambard, head of the Bordeaux CAPC. Bertrand Lamarche’s works, marked by kinetic as well as conceptual art, often take on the form of sculptures and installations where sound, light and movement play an essential role. Represented by the Jérôme Poggi Gallery, his jury secretary is philosopher Antonia Birbaum. Finally, Franck Scurti, trained by Daniel Buren and Pontus Hulten, presents an interesting work which borders pop art and conceptual art. He is currently represented by the Michel Rein Gallery, with the head of the Palais de Tokyo, Jean de Loisy, as his jury secretary.
The ADIAD utilizes this prestigious award in an effort to enlarge the visibility and recognition of the work of these contemporary artists and of French contemporary art in general.
Tours, 26 April 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The city of Tours is opening its Château to the four artists selected for the 2012 edition, from 29 June to 15 September, with the exhibition “Contours et détours”. This exhibition will consequently gather the works of the following artists: Valérie Favre, Daniel Dewa & Grégory Gicquel, Bertrand Lamarche, and Franck Scurti.
In 2011, another regional museum had agreed to act as a showcase for the works by artists who had been awarded the Marcel Duchamp Prize: the Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Contemporain.
Besides, the Association pour la Diffusion Internationale de l’Art Français (Association for the International Diffusion of French Art, ADIAF), which organizes exhibitions of works by winners of the Marcel Duchamp Prize abroad, chose Germany this year. Six former winners or selected candidates will participate in the exhibition “Les espaces de mémoire” at the Kunsthalle of Düsseldorf. It will take place from 7 July to 9 September.
Tours, 14 December 2011, Art Media Agency, (AMA).
The Château de Tours this is currently presenting the exhibition “Photographies à l’œuvre, La reconstruction des villes françaises (1945-1958)” until 20 May 2012. Between 1945 and 1958, a photographic service was established within the Ministry of Reconstruction and Urbanism (MRU). The service, which disappeared at the end of the French Fourth Republic (1958), consisted of almost 33,000 images, covering the rebuilding of French cities after World War II.
The collection is now being revealed after being recently rediscovered by historians of photography. Also, two areas of study are emphasized in this exhibition. The first section consists of images for reconstruction, including the Noisy le Sec site (near Paris) in 1945, and the other section contains photographic reports – partly on substandard housing – taken between 1951 and 1953 by Henri Salesse, an employee of the department. This photographic information is accompanied by sociological surveys and illustrate urban sociology – a new discipline at the time.
Through nearly 160 photographs, a dozen films and slide shows from the collection, the use of photography is highlighted for its documentary and informative value, something often forgotten about or unknown to the general public.