2013 Drawing Prize

2013 Drawing Prize

Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation

Left to right: Ulla von Brandenburg, Sergei Diaghilev, 2009. Susan Hefuna, NYC, 2011.
Hans Op de Beeck, Social Housing, 2008.*
December 21, 2012

Selected artists: Ulla von Brandenburg, Susan Hefuna, Hans Op de Beeck

Daniel & Florence Guerlain
Contemporary Art Foundation
5, rue de la Vallée
78490 Les Mesnuls. France


Following the deliberations of the Contemporary Drawing Prize’s committee, the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation has announced the names of the three selected artists for the 2013 award.

Ulla von Brandenburg
Ulla von Brandenburg was born in 1974 in Karlsruhe, Germany. She studied stage design and new media in her home town before enrolling at the Hamburg Bildkunst Akademie. She now lives and works in Paris. A resident at the Villa Medici in 2012, her installation Death of a King is on show at the Palais de Tokyo until April 2013. In 2012 her work was shown at the Bonn Kunsthalle (Les Maîtres du Désordre) and the Zamek in Poznan (Castle in the Air. A seance of imagination). For 2013, she is preparing solo shows for the Herzliya Museum in Israel and the Secession in Vienna. She is represented by the Art: Concept gallery in Paris and by Pilar Corrias in London.

Susan Hefuna
Susan Hefuna was born in Cairo in 1962 and grew up in Germany. She studied painting at the Staatliche Akademie in Karlsruhe and at the New Media Institute in Frankfurt. She now divides her time between Düsseldorf, Cairo and New York. In 2012 she had a solo show, Vantages, at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and appeared in the group show Systems and Patterns at the International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, at the Sydney Biennial, and Drawings in the 21st Century, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010. In 2013 works by Susan Hefuna will be shown at the Katara Arts Center, Doha; the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), Vancouver; and at the Drawing Center in New York. She is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Rose Issa Projects, London; Pi Artworks Gallery, Istanbul, and Townhouse Gallery, Cairo.

Hans Op de Beeck
Hans op de Beeck was born in 1969 in Turnhout, Belgium. He studied visual arts at the University of Sint-Lukas in Brussels, where he lives and works today. In 2012 a retrospective, Visual Fictions, was put on at the Kunstverein in Hannover, and the artist’s work featured in group shows in Moscow, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Dresden and Oviedo. His work is on show as part of Fantastic 2012 in Lille, through 13 January. In 2013 he can also be seen in a solo show at FRAC Paca, Marseille, and at the Sammlung Goetz in Munich, as well as in group shows at the Kunstmuseum, Bonn and the Middelheimmuseum in Antwerp. He is represented by the Continua gallery in France, Italy and China; by Ron Mandos in Amsterdam; Krinzinger in Vienna, and Marianne Boesky in New York.

The documents concerning the three artists will be given to an international jury composed of Manuela Alexejew (Germany), Paolo Barillari (Italy), Laurent Dassault (France), Didier Grumbach (France), Dominique Guyot (France), Susan Harris (USA), Brigitte Peers (Belgium), as well as Daniel and Florence Guerlain.

The award ceremony will take place on the 11th of April, 2013 during the Salon du Dessin at the Palais de la Bourse. The winner will receive an endowment of 15.000 Euros and the two other selected artists will receive 2.500 Euros each. A work by the winner is offered by the Foundation to the Graphic Arts Department of the National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Pompidou.

About the Prize
This prize is reserved for both French and foreign artists, whether they live in France or not, but who sustain a privileged cultural link with France (through exhibitions, studies…) and for whom drawing constitutes a significant part of their work, whatever their main mode of expression.

Awarded for the first time in 2007 and biennial until 2009, the Prize honours artists who make any unique work on paper or cardboard using graphic means: crayon, charcoal, red chalk, ink, wash tint, gouache, watercolour, pastels and felt… including collages and wall drawings but excluding computer and mechanical processes.

The candidates are selected by a committee composed of the two founders, Daniel and Florence Guerlain, and of four members chosen for their competence and interest in contemporary art. Following a working meeting with the artists, visits to studios and analysis, the committee selects three artists whose work is presented to a jury that changes with each prize and responsible for choosing the winner.

Created in 1996, the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation organized exhibitions in the family property for ten years, before Daniel and Florence Guerlain decided to devote the Foundation’s activities to the Contemporary Drawing Prize.  The award receives the support of Neuflize OBC, The House Guerlain, Axa Art, Artcurial, Loticis, Château Seguin and the Foundation’s Cercle des Amis.

2012 Drawing Prize 
Winner: Jorinde Voigt (Germany)

2011 Drawing Prize 
Winner: Marcel Van Eeden (Netherlands)

2010 Drawing Prize 
Winner: Catharina van Eetvelde (Belgium)

2009 Drawing Prize 
Winner: Sandra Vasquez de la Horra (Chile)

2007 Drawing Prize
Winner: Silvia Bächli (Switzerland)
*Images above (left to right):
Ulla von Brandenburg, Sergei Diaghilev, 2009. Watercolour on paper; 147 x 114 cm. Courtesy Pilar Corrias, London. © André Morin. Centre Pompidou, Mnam/Cci Collection Paris. Donation subject to usufruct of Florence and Daniel Guerlain Drawings Collection, 2012.
Susan Hefuna, NYC, 2011. From a series of 3 drawings. Felt, gaze, pen, stiching; 56 x 60 x 4 cm (framed). © André Morin. From the Florence and Daniel Guerlain Collection, Les Mesnuls.
Hans Op de Beeck, Social Housing, 2008. Watercolour, pencil on hahnemühle paper; 28  x 21cm. Courtesy Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. © André Morin. Collection du Centre Pompidou, Mnam/Cci, Paris. Donation subject to usufruct of Florence and Daniel Guerlain Drawings Collection, 2012.
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