"French Window" in Tokyo
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 03-04-11
'Teveau' by Camille Henrot, mixed media, at "French Window"
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The Mori Art Museum, way up at the top of the gleaming Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Roppongi,Tokyo, is about to host a new exhibit featuring the work of Marcel Duchamp, along with that of rising International art stars who have won the prize tendered in his name. The Prix Marcel Duchamp is a 30,000 Euro award given out every year in conjunction with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which features a work of its recipient. Generally, but not always, Francophone young artists at the forefront of their generation are shortlisted for the honor; past winners have included the Marxist graphic designer Thomas Hirschhorn and the paper sculptor Wang Du.

The Mori exhibition, which will run between now and July 3rd, 2011, is called "French Window: Looking at Contemporary Art Through The Duchamp Prize." The title is a reference to Duchamp's punning sculpture Fresh Widow, a miniature reproduction of a french window endowed with bawdy significance through wordplay. Hopefully, unlike the opaque, leather-covered panels of the Fresh Widow, the five sections of the Mori's "French Window" ('Duchamp's Window,' 'The View from The Window,''The Window of Time and Space'  'The Window of the Inner Work' and 'Inside the Window,') will together illuminate the landscape of contemporary French art and its roots in the deviant accomplishments of the early avant-garde. I can say that the exhibit includes at least one piece definitely worthy of Duchamp. 'Tevau' by Camille Henrot, a photograph of a yellow hose wound into an infinity symbol and perched on the skeleton of a table, exudes the uncanny aura of an everyday item made baleful and mysterious: just like the best of the readymades.

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