Minsheng Talk: Opening Ceremony Talk


Minsheng Lecture



Annabelle Ténèze, Brigitte Saby, Caroline Crabbe

Your Footsteps are The Road, for There is No Road

Guest: Annabelle Ténèze, Brigitte Saby, Caroline Crabbe
Language: French and Chinese
Date: 14:00-16:00 Friday, September 6, 2019
Venue: 1F Multi-media Interactive Hall, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum

Location: Xinyefang 3, Wenshui Road 210, Jing’an District

About the Lecture

The President’s Album—Joana Hadjithoms and Kahlil Joreige, 201132 folded digital prints, mounted on wood

Sylvestre—Ulla von Brandenburg, 2017, collage, paper, watercolor

Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum will launch a new exhibition entitled “Your footsteps are the road, for there is no road – An artistic road amid the Marcel Duchamp Prize artists” on Sept. 7, 2019, aiming to present contemporary French art and a multi-faceted look at the Marcel Duchamp Prize in a new way. Curator Annabelle Ténèze has selected works according to the concept of the road, displacement, travel and discovery. Accordingly, each work becomes an outward opening and a road to discovery.

À chaque stencil une revolution—Latifa Echakhch, 2007, Carbon paper A4, glue, methylated alcohol

At the opening ceremony on Sept. 6, curator Annabelle Ténèze and Brigitte Saby, Caroline Crabbe, the two representatives of Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF) were invited to Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum to give a talk about the selection of the exhibition theme, and the selection of the artists and artworks. The curator shared her curating experience, and the two representatives introduced ADIAF.

Aquila non capit muscas—Mircea Cantor, 2018, Color HD video


Annabelle Ténèze

A former student of the Ecole des Chartes and the National Institute of Cultural Heritage, Annabelle Ténèze is chief curator and Director of les Abattoirs, Museum- FRAC Occitanie Toulouse since 2016. Annabelle Ténèze was first curator of the graphic arts cabinet at the National Picasso Museum-Paris (2006— 2012). She then headed the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rochechouart until 2016. She teaches at the Ecole du Louvre where she has been in charge of the specialty course “the art of the twentieth century” (2012-2016). Her work has also focused on Pop Art and its connection to art history; she has published in several catalogs on Pop art and in monographs dedicated to Roy Lichtenstein, or Tom Wesselmann. Her next project will be de voted to Peter Saul.


Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF)

Presided over by Gilles Fuchs, the ADIAF, Association for the International Diffusion of French Art, groups together nearly 400 contemporary art collectors firmly committed to the adventure of creation. Led by private collectors, sponsored by art-patron companies and working in close partnership with public institutions, the ADIAF has set itself the task of helping to raise the international profile of the French scene and developing a sense of contemporary art collecting. 
Created in 2000, the Marcel Duchamp Prize is one of the most outstanding initiatives of the ADIAF which has established an organization designed to highlight the French artistic scene and make a wider public aware of the creative energy and diversity of its artists. Its ambition is to honor a French artist or artist residing in France, representative of his or her generation and working in the field of the plastic and visual arts: installation, video, painting, photography, sculpture … In keeping with the essential artist after whom it is named, this prize wishes to bring together the most innovative artists of their generation on the French scene and encourage all of the new artistic forms, thereby stimulating creation. Organized from the beginning in partnership with the Centre Pompidou and endowed with an award of 35 000 euros, it is considered to be one of the most relevant vectors of information about contemporary art in France today and one of the top benchmark national prizes worldwide. Each year, the Marcel Duchamp Prize honors a winner from among four artists working in the field of the plastic and visual arts. More than sixty artists have been nominated to date including fifteen winners.

 Brigitte SABY

Interior Designer, collector, member of ADIAF
Art has always been a part of her life. Saby has a series of collections, covering sculptures, oil paintings, and photography. She has collected works by Robert Couturier, Yohji Yamamoto, Wang Keping, Lin Yang, Pierre Soulages, Gideon Rubin, etc. We can recognize a theme of harmony within her collections.

Caroline CRABBE

General Delegate of ADIAF. Experienced in perfume and cosmetics industry, from where she entered art sponsorship and joined ADIAF team. She and the president of ADIAF, Gilles Fuchs, are responsible for calling for submission for the Marcel Duchamp Prize.