Le Meurice

The Meurice Prize for contemporary art


Paris has inspired poets and artists for centuries. Le Meurice retains the artist’s heart to this day, blending creativity and design in every aspect of life at the hotel.

Since 1835, artistic creation has always been essential to the identity of Le Meurice. Along years, our Maison has always forged strong links with the artistic community, artists being from the field of music, paint or literature. Many of them have marked Le Meurice History, among the most important can be found Honoré de Balzac, Pablo Picasso, Edmond Rostand, Salvador Dali, Coco Chanel, Guillaume Apollinaire, Jean Cocteau, Marcel Aymé, André Gide, Ernest Hemingway, Andy Warhol, Liza Minelli, Bob Dylan…

True to its heritage and its interest in the art of its times, Le Meurice founded in 2008 the Meurice Prize for contemporary art, and in doing so asserted its support of young artists. This act of corporate patronage is a non-profit initiative which each year provides financial support that will help an artist gain international recognition. This heritage is celebrated by several cultural and artistic events all year long, as a partnership with Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique, a national manufacture of Porcelain, or the Chinese Film Festival.

The Meurice Prize for contemporary art is an international award with an endowment of €20,000. It concerns all disciplines in the visual and plastic arts (painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, etc.) and distinguishes a project of international stature, proposed by an artist and their gallery, two weeks before the FIAC contemporary art fair in Paris.

Le Meurice celebrates this year the 10th edition of the Meurice Prize for contemporary art and some innovations/novelties are planned. Donation of 1000 Euros to each of the finalist to support their creativity for the finalists’ exposition at Le Meurice in October 2017. Creation of a logo for the Meurice Prize, by its patron Jean Charles de Castelbajac.


Congratulations to Morgan Courtois and the Balice Hertling Gallery, winners of our Meurice Prize for contemporary art 2017/2018.
Morgan’s awarded project is for an innovative idea designed to take home fragrance to a new level by featuring four bottles, which will each represent a step in the sensory journey from Paris to the South of France. This installation is expected to be shown in the US next year.

“We are delighted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Meurice Prize for contemporary art and are very proud of our history of supporting talented young artists and helping them make their mark in the art world.” Franka Holtmann

Visit us soon to see our exhibition ‘Suspended Time’ showcasing the work of the six finalists of this year’s prize, which is on display at Le Meurice until October 22.

The 2017 jury is composed of:

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Patron of the Prize; Lola Gonzalez, artist and winner 2016/2017; Montse Aguer, Director of the Centre for Dalinian Studies; Colette Barbier, Director of the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard; Nicolas Bourriaud, Art Theorist and Curator; Philippe Dagen, Writer and Professor at Université Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne; Jean de Loisy, President of the Palais de Tokyo; Jennifer Flay, Director of the FIAC; Marta Gili, Director of the Jeu de Paume; Henri Loyrette, Conseiller d’État; Maryvonne Pinault, Collector; Claire Moulène, Art Advisor; Franka Holtmann, General Manager of Le Meurice; Hans-Ulrich Obrist, guest of honour.


On Wednesday,  June 7, 2017. the jury for the Meurice Prize for contemporary art met in closed session to preselect six artists and their galleries:

MORGAN COURTOIS / Galerie Balice Hertling

Producing sculptures effusing room fragrances is at the heart of the project. For the Meurice Prize, the artist would like to continue his collaboration with the perfumer Barnabé Fillon to capture smells of singular atmospheres: a headache, the sun under a flowering lime tree, or even electricity in the air. Those different perfumes would integrate an olfactory installation composed of plaster sculptures.


Cédric Fargues’s project is to create a chapel representing the holy scene at Golgotha. The artist will use the “Henry” character, who appears frequently in his work. Henry the Hoover is a vacuum cleaner made in England who looks like a person and is a significant figure in Anglo-Saxon popular culture. The artist has made extensive use of the character in a series of performances posted on Instagram.

KAPWANI KIWANGA / Galerie Jérôme Poggi

Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga will create a large, 300x80x220 (H) cm sculpture entitled Jalousies (working title). Using two-way mirrors and a metal structure, the artist will build a sculpture/screen in a reference to surveillance technology.

THÉO MERCIER / Galerie Bugada & Cargnel

Affordable Solution for a Better Living is a performance in collaboration with choreographer Steven Michel involving three or five dancers and IKEA furniture. At every stage in the project, the institutions hosting him on his 2018-2019 tour will choose furniture from the famous Swedish brand’s catalogue that they would like to see him and his dancers perform.

EVA NIELSEN / Jousse Entreprise

The Franco-Danish artist would like to go to Istanbul to design a solo exhibition at The Pill gallery located on the Bosphorus. She will create a series of a dozen paintings focused on modernist architecture in Istanbul, particularly in her neighbourhood (Atakoy), and a study of the ruins in Ani, on the Armenian border.

MEL O’CALLAGHAN/ Galerie Allen

Australian artist Mel O’Callaghan’s project is a solo exhibition to be held at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne from November 2017 to March 2018. Invited by curator Jane Dever, she will present an updated version of the piece Ensemble, in the form of a projection via two 25-meter-long cables. This new version will also include a soundtrack.


  • 1st édition – 2008/2009 – Zoulikha Bouabdellah et la Galerie La B.A.N.K
  • 2nd édition – 2009/2010 – Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil et la Galerie In Situ
  • 3rd édition – 2010/2011 – Eric Baudart et la Galerie Chez Valentin
  • 4th édition – 2011/2012 – Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc et la Galerie Marcelle Alix
  • 5th édition – 2012/2013 – Alexandre Singh et la Galerie Art : Concept
  • 6th édition – 2013/2014 – Neïl Beloufa et la galerie Balice Hertling
  • 7th édition – 2014/2015 – Mark Geffriaud et la Galerie gb agency
  • 8th édition – 2015/2016 – Saâdane Afif et la Galerie Mehdi Chouakri
  • 9th – 2016/2017 – Lola Gonzàlez et la Galerie Marcelle Alix

Works of art at Le Meurice

Le Meurice continues its act of patronage by buying some works of art from the artists participating in the Meurice Prize for contemporary art:

Etats Inversés – Walla Walla, Julien Discrit – Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, Meurice Prize’s finalist 2016/2017