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Le Meurice Announces Contemporary Art Prize

Presidential Suite - Le Meurice, ParisRoyal Suite La Belle Etoile's TerraceWith a nod to its own art-filled past and the promise of more creativity to come, Le Meurice in Paris announces the 2nd annual Prix Meurice for Contemporary Art. The lavish Dorchester Collection hotel, which has long embraced the French Genius for the Art of Living, intends for the 2nd annual art prize to highlight its commitment to promoting young artists on the French scene and to an ever-more creative future. The reach of this year’s Prize is even wider than the first as the public is invited to participate through the hotel’s new blog revealing the artists, their work, and Le Meurice’s passion for exposing the masses to culture.

The seven finalists for the 2nd annual Prix Meurice were drawn from an exclusive group of 30and selected by a jury of arts professionals including the Chairman and Director of the Louvre, the Director of the Musée du Jeu de Paume, and the Artistic Director of FIAC, among others. The public is invited to read about them, view their work, leave comments, and vote for their favorite works at www.prixmeuricepourlartcontemporain.com. Those casting online for the eventual winner will be entered in a drawing to win a surprise gift from Le Meurice.

The acclaimed group of arts professionals, overseen by General Manager Franka Holtmann, will be announcing the winner on September 30, 2009. The prize? In addition to exposure on the international stage, 10,000 Euros for the artist and 10,000 Euros for his or her gallery.

This year’s prize showcases a wide palette of work ranging from sculpture to installation, photography to a performance of sound and light. The finalists include:

· Francois Curlet, Galerie Air de Paris
· Gyan Panchal, Galerie Frank Elbaz
· Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Galerie In Situ
· Katinka Bock, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff
· Julien Previeux , Galerie Jousse Entreprise
· Celeste Boursier-Mougenot, Galerie Xippas
· Loris Greaud, Galerie Yvon Lambert

Last year’s Prix Meurice was awarded to Zoulikha Bouabdellah, represented by Galerie La B.A.N.K., for her monumental sculpture, Le Baiser (the kiss), in white and gold lacquered resin. Along with 20,000 Euro purse for the artist and her gallery, Bouabdellah was honored with exhibitions at Art Dubai, Art Brussels, the Austrian Cultural Forum, MoCADA, and CIP in New York and London.

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