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The Meurice Prize, an award in line with French creation

Contemporary Art | At the heart of the French artistic eco-system, several actors among auction houses, galleries and fairs - e.g. Art Paris Art Fair- put the spotlight on the “French spirit” by promoting artists that are on the margin of the mainstream market and supporting emerging talents. The Meurice Prize has adopted this approach for the past ten years.

Hans Ulrich Obrist - Jc de Castelbajac - Franka Holtmann © Jean Picon
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Hans Ulrich Obrist - Jc de Castelbajac - Franka Holtmann
© Jean Picon

Since 1835, the Meurice Hotel has been an important part of the Parisian art world, welcoming musicians, painters, writers, pœts… Honoré de Balzac, Pablo Picasso, Edmond de Rostand, Guillaume Apollinaire, Francis Fitzgerald, André Gide, all used to visit the Hotel in which Salvador Dali lived for forty years. The space has maintained a creative spirit. In the words of Managing Director Franka Holtmann “There was a spark back then, today we must continue to renovate Dali’s legacy. The encounter with contemporary art is relevant”. Other Parisian palaces have also worked on the relation between luxury and art : the Royal Monceau developed its artistic vein through a reopening that included a bookstore, a gallery and an art concierge. More recently, the Bristol acquired spectacular installations for its interior garden in partnership with Kamel Mennour.

Under Franka Holtmann’s direction, the Meurice has favored French galleries and artists’ visibility on the international scene. The Hotel is part of the Dorchester group, meaning it cultivates both a French and global vision. For the past ten years, a jury formed by key actors of the art world has awarded the Meurice prize to French galleries and their artists; providing an endowment of 20.000 euros in order to finance an exhibition abroad. Besides the financial incentive, the winner can also benefit from the jury’s “lobbyist” power. In addition, the Hotel has an acquisition policy combined with museum’s donations : “Etats Inversés” by Julien Discrit, “Blackout Paris-New York” by Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, “Crystal” by Éric Baudart – “Le Baiser” by Zoulikha Bouabdellah…

Nine artists have won the Prize since its conception : Zoulikha Bouabdellah and the Galerie La B.A.N.K, Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil and the Galerie In Situ, Éric Baudart and the Galerie Chez Valentin, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc and the Galerie Marcelle Alix, Alexandre Singh and the Galerie Art  : Concept, Neïl Beloufa and the Galerie Balice Hertling, Mark Geffriaud and the Galerie gb agency, Saâdane Afif and the Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Lola Gonzàlez and the Galerie Marcelle Alix. Morgan Courtois is the 2017/2018 winner with the Galerie Balice Hertling.
It is worth noticing that the Hotel’s 400 employees participate in the artistic dynamic generated at the Palace through an internal communication strategy and their contact with the Meurice’s clients.

Virginie Bertrand
Publié le 04/04/2018
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Hans Ulrich Obrist - Jc de Castelbajac - Franka Holtmann © Jean Picon Membres du Jury © Jean Picon Jc de Castelbajac - Morgan Courtois - Hans Ulrich Obrist © Jean Picon Oeuvre de Morgan Courtois © Jean Picon Julien Discrit, Etats Inversés - Walla Walla, 2016 © Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou Renaud Auguste Dormeuil, Blackout Paris - Paris Lauréat 2009-2010 © Renaud Auguste Dormeuil et Courtesy Galerie In Situ Fabienne Leclerc Renaud Auguste Dormeuil, Blackout NY - Paris Lauréat 2009-2010 © Renaud Auguste Dormeuil et Courtesy Galerie In Situ Fabienne Leclerc Eric Baudart, Crystal, 2011 © Eric Baudart - Dorchester Collection - BD Zhoulikha Bouabdellah, Le Baiser - Lauréate 2008-2009 © Zhoulikha Bouabdellah

Hans Ulrich Obrist - Jc de Castelbajac - Franka Holtmann
© Jean Picon

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