Administered by the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Association pour la Diffusion Internationale de l’Art Français (ADIAF), the Marcel Duchamp Prize, €35,000 (about $38,600), is France’s biggest art prize. On Monday, October 14, the Franco American filmmaker Éric Baudelaire was selected as the winner of the 2019 Marcel Duchamp Prize.
Eric Baudelaire is the 19th artists to receive the prize and the second filmmaker, the first was Clément Cogitore, who received the prize last year.
The jury composed of Bernard Blistène (director of the Centre Pompidou), Gilles Fuchs (president of ADIAF) Joao Fernandes (deputy director of the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid), Jean de Loisy (director of the Beaux-Arts de Paris), Afroditi Panagiotakou (cultural director of the Onassis Foundation) Catherine Petigas (president of Fluxus Art Projects and International Council of Tate) and Akemi Shiraha (a representative for the Marcel Duchamp Association) expressed the difficulty they experienced choosing a winner among the nominated artists: Katinka Bock, Marguerite Humeau, and Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille.
Thought not very well-known in the art world, Eric Baudelaire has become an important figure in the film festival circuit. They chose to honor him for his work on his most recent film: Un Film Dramatique.
Un Film dramatique, is a documentary shot over four years, focused on students at the Dora Maar Middle School in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris where many marginalized communities live. In the film, students learn to create with cameras, exchange on film and other topics such as identity.
On making a film instead of an object, Eric Baudelaire said: “Rather than having an artwork in the building . . . the building and the life inside the building is inside of the artwork.”
Born in Salt Lake City in 1973, Eric Baudelaire lives and works in France and is represented by the galleries Greta Meert in Brussels, Barbara Wien in Berlin, and Juana de Aizpuru in Madrid.
An exhibition featuring Eric Baudelaire and the shortlisted artists works will be on view at the Centre Pompidou until January 4, 2020.