At the Le Meurice, Paris
 

After three successful editions, Le Meurice, the first Parisian palace hotel (1835), is launching the fourth Meurice Prize for contemporary art. Artistic creation has, since 1835, been essential to the art of living at Le Meurice, where art coincides with a certain French genius.

Such luxury is the kind that gives expression to creativity and innovation, to art in its highest form. True to its heritage and its interest in the art of its times, in 2008 and under the impetus of General Manager Franka Holtmann, Le Meurice founded the Meurice Prize for contemporary art, and in doing so asserted its support of young French artists.

This act of corporate patronage is a non-profit initiative which each year provides financial support that will help an artist on the French scene gain international recognition.

The Meurice Prize for contemporary art is an international award with an endowment of 20,000 euros. It concerns all disciplines in the visual and plastic arts (painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, etc.). The Meurice Prize distinguishes a project of international stature, proposed by an artist and their gallery, a week before the Fiac contemporary art fair in Paris. Previous winners are Zoulikha Bouabdellah, represented by La B.A.N.K Gallery in 2008/2009, Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, represented by In Situ Gallery in 2009/2010, and Eric Baudart represented by Chez Valentin Gallery in 2010/2011. The jury for 2011/2012 is : Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Ambassador for the award, Henri Loyrette, Director of the Louvre, Marta Gili, Director of the Jeu de Paume, Jennifer Flay, Director of Fiac, Colette Barbier, Director of the Ricard Corporate Foundation, Marc-Olivier Wahler, Director of the Palais de Tokyo, Montse Aguer, Director of the Centre for Dali Studies, Philippe Dagen, Writer and Lecturer at University of Paris I, Maryvonne Pinault, Collector, and Franka Holtmann, General Manager of Le Meurice.

Entry forms can be collected from the Meurice Prize secretarial office - 33 (0)1 44 58 10 75 - or downloaded at www.lemeurice.com. The closing date is April 22nd 2011.

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