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August 22, 2011

Le Meurice Announces Finalists For Art Competition

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Paris, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

A work of art in its own right, Le Meurice in Paris announces the six finalists for the 4th Annual Prize for Contemporary Art. With an eye on elevating the French Genius for the Art of Living, the striking Dorchester Collection address on rue de Rivoli created the annual art prize to highlight its commitment to young, up-and-coming artists who are shaking up the French art scene while fostering a creative future for the city. Along with enviable exposure on the international art stage, the ultimate winner will enjoy a generous endowment of 20,000 euro – 10,000 euro for the artist and 10,000 euro for his or her gallery. This Dorchester Collection address has long embraced the French Genius for the Art of Living. With this annual art prize, Le Meurice will continue to highlight its commitment to promoting young artists on the French scene and to an ever-more creative future.

The six finalists include: Nicolas Moulin (Galerie Chez Valentin ), who will be exhibited in Bratislava 2012 Louidgi Beltrame (Galerie Jousse Entreprise), who will be exhibited in Sao Paulo and Rio in 2010 and will also show at Zona Maco Contemporary Art Fair in Mexico in 2012 Emilie Pitoiset (Galerie Lucile Corty), who will be exhibited at Galerie Klemm in Berlin in 2012 Didier Faustino (Galerie Michel Rein ), who will be exhibited at the Fine Arts Museum in Taipei in 2012 Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc (Galerie Marcelle Alix), who will be exhibited at The Serralves Foundation in Porto in 2012 Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni (Galerie Loevenbruck), who will be exhibited at the International Contemporary Art Fair “Art 43” in Basel in 2012

These six finalists for the 4th Annual Prize for Contemporary Art were narrowed from an exclusive assemblage of 50 artists by an acclaimed group of arts professionals led by 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 Paris I University; Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Artist and Winner 2009/10; Maryvonne Pinault, Collector; and Franka Holtmann, General Manager of Le Meurice.

Look for the winner to be announced on October 10, 2011, followed by an exhibition of the finalists’ work at Le Meurice through October 23. Last year’s Prix Meurice was awarded to Eric Baudart, represented by the Galerie Chez Valentin in Paris. Baudart exhibited “Atmosphères,” which featured five objects immersed in an aquarium, filled with oil, creating an observation chamber for a hypothetical scientific experiment. Beyond the 20,000&euro endowment shared by Baudart and his gallery, he also enjoyed exhibitions at the FIAC Contemporary Art Fair in Paris and will also debut at Art Basel in Miami in December 2011. Art and creativity have always been a focus at Le Meurice, which was built in 1835 in the heart of Paris and quickly became a magnet for artists and celebrities – most notably surrealist painter Salvador Dali, who checked in for at least one month each year throughout the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. More recently, in 2006, General Manager Holtmann tapped renowned French designer Phillipe Starck to lead an “invisible transformation” of Le Meurice, securing the hotel’s prominence with artful renovations of all public spaces. Most notably, the designer transformed Le Dali restaurant, commissioning his daughter, Ara Starck, to paint a monumental canvas to overhang the ceiling. Most recently, award-winning designer Charles Jouffre is conducting an ongoing redesign of the hotel’s luxurious guestrooms and suites.

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