Nations are increasingly behaving like companies: they build their own brands, they manage their own stocks and they observe their cash-flows. "France, a sales inventory" pushes that logic to its extreme, creating a catalog of every state-owned assets that France is trying to sell, be it weapons, museum franchises, or surplus grain.
Items for sale are filed by sector (military, agriculture products, art & culture) and described in details on index cards contained in a metallic cabinet. This is a locus where potential buyers can meet.
Bass Diffusion Model, Fieldgate Gallery, London.