Daniel and Florence Guerlain. Luc Castel

What have in common the Chilean Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, germany Jorinde Voigt, the Egyptian Susan Hefuna, the Romanian Ciprien Muresan , the Swiss Silvia Bächli, sweden Jockum Nordström and Mamma Anderson, Belgium Catharina van Eetvelde, the American Cameron Jamie, Dutchman Marcel van Eeden and the Polish Tomasz Kowalski? They are all winners of the prize of contemporary drawing of the Foundation Daniel and Florence Guerlain, since its creation in 2006.

Everything comes from the couple, inseparable, smiling and perfectionists, who has focused his passion of art in the contemporary design. since then, he directs his many travels – most recently in Russia and Latvia after Iceland – his discoveries and his dinners with friends from the four corners of the world , to this vast continent of paper.

“Bearing”, 2018. Watercolor, pastel on paper, 28 x 37,1 cm (detail). Courtesy galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne/Paris/St. Moritz © Claire Morgan studio.
Clare Morgan

They are first collectors.

your collection now includes more than 200 artists from thirty different nationalities. In 2013, the Centre Pompidou has exposed a part of the 1200 drawings of their donation to the national Museum of modern art (commissioner of the Danish Jonas Storsve, director of the Cabinet of graphic art, the MNAM, and commissioner of the wonderful retrospective of Cy Twombly at the Centre Pompidou in 2016-2017).

This collection has traveled then blended over the places, cultures and its figures.

In Sweden, 2015 (Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn-Gothenburg). In Denmark, in 2016 (museum, Kunsten, museum of modern art Aalborg, Jutland). In Spain, 2017 (Museu d’art Contemporani d’eivissa, Ibiza).

It must shift from the October 10, 2019 to January 12, 2020 at the Albertina of Vienna, and then to the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. Two big steps for the new museum.

Alfred Pacquement, former director of the national Museum of modern art, curator of the exhibition “Sugimoto Versailles” with Jean de Loisy, and Bernard de Montferrand, former French ambassador to Japan and Germany, since 2010 president of Platform, regroupement des Fonds régional d’art contemporain (FRAC). Photo Luc Castel. Luc Castel artist irish Claire Morgan ©Claire Morgan studio. Foundation Daniel and Florence Guerlain for contemporary drawing

this passion for contemporary design, the idea was born to create a specific price and that is all their own. They invented the structure, the territory, the modus operandi.

Deliberately offset with respect to the laws-the-minute and financial market of the art, price of contemporary design is the offshoot of the enthusiasts claimed, in civil society, but stubborn as an aside in the affirmation of their tastes, their ideas, their values.

We speak of art, of sensitivity, of love and rejection, little or no money. The prix Guerlain for contemporary drawing has already gathered nearly 36 artists from 17 countries – Canada, Portugal, Japan, Russia – in its pool crescent of the finalists and elected twelve winners.

To mark its tenth anniversary, the Centre Pompidou has just produced an exhibition of one hundred drawings of 30 French and international artists, nominated or winners since 2007 (commissioner, always, Jonas Storsve).

Thirty-three of the 36 distinguished artists in twelve years is found, as from 17 November to 24 February 2019, on the topic of the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen Germany ( her best seller , commissioner Astrid Ihle and René Zechlin, catalogue trilingual French, English and German, Wilhelm Hack Museum / Distanz).

Small enclave of contemporary in the great history of the art, a Great figure of the national Museum of modern art of which she is the deputy director, Catherine David (center) was the rendez-vous of the art in the heart of the chapelle des Beaux-arts. Luc Castel

Chosen by a jury of collectors will be renewed each year the recipient of this prize, launched in 2006, is announced during the Salon du Dessin at the Palais Brongniart, a small enclave of contemporary in the great history of classical art. It receives € 25,000, with its two dolphins 5000 euros each. The Foundation Daniel and Florence Guerlain offers one of his works to a French institution. Suffice to say that for an artist, it is a way quite royal.

Friedrich Kunath, “Mid Air”, 2018. Watercolor, ink on paper, 30.5 x 22.9 cm. Courtesy of the artist & VHN Gallery © Diane Arques Foundation Daniel and Florence Guerlain for contemporary drawing

The selection committee is composed of seven permanent members, “chosen for their expertise”. In addition to the Guerlain, it now includes Emmanuelle Brugerolles, chief curator in charge of the collection of the École nationale des beaux-arts in Paris, Camille Morineau, director of exhibitions and collections at the Paris Mint and Lucia Pesapane, its curator and head of artistic programming, Gabrielle Solomon, collector and well-known figure in the art world, and Annabelle Ténèze, director of the Abattoirs de Toulouse. This is the step one.

Then comes the time of the debates.

For the price in 2019, the jury gathers to the sides of Guerlain, the French (Hélène Gheysens, Anne-Marie Patricot, Benjamin Paulin, son of designer Pierre Paulin), the Italian Giovanni Giuliani, the collector Georgian Moscow and ex-champion water polo Shalva Breus, the Latvian crazy opera and gastronomy Maris Vitols, Switzerland Heidi Schwab.

They will vote in the 28 march next. All of these strong temperaments met on Thursday, December 13, at the chapelle des Beaux-Arts in Paris to announce the names of the three finalists for the award 2019.

A little touch of vinegar in a dish all round Bernard Blistène, director of the MNAM , Serge Lasvignes, president of the Centre Pompidou. Luc Castel

“For the 12th time, I remember the rules of the price”, stressed Daniel Guerlain with its humor tongue-in-cheek, which always surprises such as a small touch of vinegar in a dish all round.

“The artists are French or foreigners who have a cultural link with France, through their studies, their place in the collections and their exhibitions in national institutions. The commission does not receive records and determines the age group of selected artists”.

That the things are clear! Florence Guerlain, fine policy, knows this speech, cheerful but firm, and smiled when his half leaves the furrows to comment on ex abrupto the news.

vitality staggering, Germaine de Liancourt is the oldest of the great characters of Beaubourg. Luc Castel

this is what Daniel Guerlain has done by presenting the three finalists, three talents already very confirmés who proclaim a close competition.

The German Friedrich Kunath, “Ossie”, born in 1974, who lives and works in Los Angeles (he is represented by galleries Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo, VNH, Paris, and Tim Van Laere, Antwerp).

The Irish Claire Morgan, born in 1980 who lives and works in Newcastle, (shown in 2009 at the Palais de Tokyo, in 2010 at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, in 2015 at the Hunting Museum in Paris, often exposed already at Karsten Greve, Paris, Cologne, and Saint-Moritz).

Jérôme Zonder. Courtesy of the artist Jérôme Zonder

The Frenchman Jérôme Zonder, born in 1974 lives and works in Paris. It is a virtuoso whose “Florence’s fear of violence” and a powerful artist, already noticed by his tunnel drawings at The Maison rouge Antoine de Galbert in 2015, by its installation XXL at the Museum Tinguely in Basel in 2017 and in situ exposure at the Château de Chambord in 2018 (he is represented by galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels).

The watercolours tender Friedrich Kunath where short the light ink have a way sour-sweet telling of the contemporary history.

The works on paper hybrid of Claire Morgan blend nature and imagination, life and animal life fairytale, abstraction and pure material.

The black work of Jérôme Zonder imposes a world that is terribly convincing, prowess as a sculptor, despite the two dimensions restrictive of the sheet.

A competition of quality. The word is that of the jury.

Jérôme Zonder, The “fruits of design #80” , 2018. Charcoal, graphite on paper (25,8×33,8x3cm) ©Bertrand Huet/Tutti image. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels ©Bertrand Huet/Tutti imagesCourtesy of the artist and Gal Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels