In celebration of the property’s anniversary year and consistent support of the arts, the finalists will be announced on June 5, 2014 following a press conference with the jury to take place at the Grand Palais during Monumenta 2014.
Following the announcement, guests will witness the unveiling of L’Etrange Cité, the recent work by renowned Russian artists Ilya et Emilia Kabakov. L’Etrange Cité conveys the artists’ fusion of everyday and conceptual elements and links well to the Meurice Prize given its international status and consideration of all artistic mediums.
The Meurice Prize for contemporary art highlights the hotel’s ongoing commitment to promoting and nurturing young artists, in order to support them on an ever-competitive international stage. The prize offers the winner a €20,000 endowment and embraces all types of artistic mediums; from painting and sculpture to photography and video, all of which have been included by previous winners.
Most recently, Neil Beloufa from Galerie Balice & Hertling won the 2013 prize with his work ‘Les arabes et les services' and will return this year to judge the 2014 finalists. Beloufa’s work will be showcased in London this September at the prestigious ICA exhibition. Prior to this Alexandre Singh won the prize in 2012, alongside the Art: Concept Gallery with his piece ‘The Humans’ which combined all artistic mediums from theatre and film to painting and sculpture. Singh has recently exhibited his work at the Sprueth Magers Gallery in London and will next present his winning piece at the Festival d’Avignon this summer.
This year’s jury is comprised of prestigious members of the Parisian art scene including Jean Charles de Castelbajac, designer and ambassador of the award; Montse Aguer, director of the Centre for Dalinian Studies; Colette Barbier, director of Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard; Neil Beloufa, artist and prize winner 2013/2014; Nicolas Bourriaud, director of l'École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris; Philippe Dagen, writer and professor at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; Jennifer Flay, FIAC director; Marta Gili, director of Jeu de Paume; Jean de Loisy, president of the Palais de Tokyo; Henri Loyrette, conseiller d’Etat; Maryvonne Pinault, collector; and Franka Holtmann, general manager of Hotel Le Meurice.
Following the announcement of the finalists, the jury will select a winner (one artist and one gallery) in a grand final which will take place at Hotel Le Meurice on 9 October 2014. The exhibition of the six finalists will be open to the public from 10 – 27 October 2014, finishing on the final day of FIAC, the International Contemporary Art Fair.