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.
228 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
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 Louvre Museum, 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 11th edition of the Meurice Prize for contemporary art and is pleased to announce two new members of Jury; Nicolas Bos, President & CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels and Emma Lavigne, Director of Centre Pompidou-Metz.
The 2018 jury is composed of:
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Patron of the Prize; Morgan Courtois – Artist and Winner of the award in 2017-2018; Colette Barbier- Director of Fondation d’entreprise Ricard; Nicolas Bos – President & CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels; Nicolas Bourriaud – Director of the Contemporary Art Museum of Montpellier, La Panacée; Philippe Dagen – Writer and Professor at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; Jean de Losiy – President of the Palais de Tokyo; Jennifer Flay – FIAC Director; Emma Lavigne – Director of Centre Pompidou-Metz; Henri Loyrette – Conseiller d’Etat; Maryvonne Pinault – Collector; Claire Moulène – Artistic Consultant; Franka Holtmann – General Manager of Le Meurice and President of the jury
The 2018/2019 Meurice Price for contemporary art reveals its seven finalists :
The winner of the 2018/2019 Prix Meurice will be announced in October. The Jury will select a winning artist and gallery to jointly receive the Prix Meurice for contemporary art and will award €10,000 to the artist and €10,000 to his or her gallery to produce the winning project abroad. An exhibition of the seven finalists’ works will be held at Le Meurice and will be open to the public as part of the FIAC VIP experience.
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.
THE MEURICE PRIZE LAUREATES
- 1st edition – 2008/2009 – Zoulikha Bouabdellah and La B.A.N.K Gallery
- 2nd edition – 2009/2010 – Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil and In Situ Gallery
- 3rd edition – 2010/2011 – Eric Baudart and Chez Valentin Gallery
- 4th edition – 2011/2012 – Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc and Marcelle Alix Gallery
- 5th edition – 2012/2013 – Alexandre Singh and Art : Concept Gallery
- 6th edition – 2013/2014 – Neïl Beloufa and Balice Hertling Gallery
- 7th edition – 2014/2015 – Mark Geffriaud and gb agency Gallery
- 8th edition – 2015/2016 – Saâdane Afif and Mehdi Chouakri Gallery
- 9th edition – 2016/2017 – Lola Gonzàlez and Marcelle Alix Gallery
- 10th edition – 2017/2018 – Morgan Courtois and Balice Hertling Gallery
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