It was in 1996 that collectors Florence and Daniel Guerlain created their contemporary art foundation at Mesnuls, southwest of Paris, which staged thematic exhibitions and organised engraving workshops. In 2004, their interests changed and their support was redirected to promoting contemporary drawing. In 2006 they established a prize that was awarded for the first time the following year. The biggest prize awarded for contemporary drawing, this year it celebrated its tenth anniversary. The prize has helped to bring attention to artists of the first rank, often very early in their careers and with very little real visibility in France. The shortlist ranges internationally and does not neglect non-Western artists. Thanks to its quality, and thanks to the generosity of Florence and Daniel Guerlain, the works of several of the winning artists, hitherto absent from the national collections, have been acquired by the Centre Pompidou.
Centre Georges Pompidou
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