As every year since 2006, The Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation for contemporary art will award its prize during the Salon du dessin, on Thursday 26th March 2015.
Both passionate collectors, the Guerlains aim to promote artists and to present their works to museums and institutions in France and abroad.
Dove Allouche, Silvia Bächli, Marc Bauer, Sandra Vasquez de la Horra, Jean-Luc Verna, Jorinde Voigt, Amelie von Wulffen... So many artists have been brought to the public’s attention thanks to the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation Prize, which is now a reference in the world of contemporary drawing.
Open to Artists of any nationality, living in France or abroad, and who demonstrate a special relationship with France, the prize aims to encourage and promote the place of drawing in art as well as to allow Artists to carry on their creative work (unique works on paper or board using pencil, charcoal, red chalk, ink, wash, gouache, watercolour, pastel, felt-pen... including collages and mural drawings but excluding mechanical and computer-assisted techniques). The Candidates are selected by a committee that comprises of the two Founders, Daniel and Florence Guerlain, and individuals chosen for their knowledge and interest in contemporary art.
Following meetings with the Artists, visits to their workshops and analysis of their works, the commission selects three artists whose work is then presented to a panel made of nine private collectors from France and abroad. The panel, different each year, selects the winner.
This year, the members of the jury are Chicago collector Don kaul, swiss collector heidi schwab, argentine collector anibal Jozami and Portuguese collector Luiz augusto teixeira de Freitas, together with michèle Guyot roze, president of the hippocrène Foundation, henri Griffon, president of Via, and alexandre de Coupigny, co-founder of the agency royalties.
The three Artists selected this year are Jockum Nordström, Pavel Pepperstein and Tomma Abts.
A work by the laureate will be given by the Foundation to the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou.