An integral part of the artistic scene since 2006, every year the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Foundation’s Contemporary Drawing Prize honours a laureate from among the three artists selected by a committee of seven experts.

The Prize concerns artists for whom drawing on paper or cardboard is a significant part of their work. The nominated artists can be of French or foreign nationality on condition that they reside in France or have a privileged cultural link through institutional exhibitions. All graphic mediums are accepted except for computer or mechanical processes.


The laureate is chosen by a jury of collectors which is renewed each year.

The Prize’s endowment: 25 000 euros, including 15 000 euros for the laureate and 5 000 euros for each of the two other artists.
A work by the laureate is offered to a French institution by the Foundation.

Promote and highlight the place of contemporary drawing in art

15 editions, 37 artists distinguished since the Prize’s creation 

Contemporary art collectors for more than 30 years, Daniel and Florence Guerlain rapidly developed a passion for drawing and have put together a collection of works from more than two hundred and forty artists of forty or so nationalities. The quality and wealth of this collection were revealed by their donation of 1200 drawings to the Centre Pompidou and  dedicated exhibitions in Paris (470 works at the Centre Pompidou, 2013), in Libourne (100 drawings at the Musée des beaux-arts, Chapelle du Carmel, 2014), in Sweden (250 drawings at the Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, 2015-2016) and in Aalborg, Denmark (250 drawings at the Kunsten Museum, 2016).


But Daniel and Florence Guerlain have not contented themselves with putting together the most important private collection of contemporary drawings in France. As early as 2006, they created the Contemporary Drawing Prizewhich rapidly became a benchmark on the art scene. Why a prize dedicated to drawing? Quite simply because this couple of collectors wished to promote and highlight a medium embodying both great classical tradition and bold modernity. For a long time used as an instrument of apprenticeship or a means of study, little by little drawing acquired its own full-fledged status nowadays acknowledged by everyone. Considered to be the finest means of capturing fleeting intuition and the closest medium to thought, drawing allows for a freedom of expression that always goes straight to the essential. Then again, the diversity of the graphic means - pencil, charcoal, ink, wash tint, gouache, watercolour, pastel, felt tip or sanguine – is such that works on paper or cardboard, collages and wall drawings offer a limitless field of exploration for connoisseurs, ever more passionate and growing in number, of contemporary drawing.


The exceptional dedicated exhibition by the Centre Pompidou in 2017 of the 30 artists distinguished by the Prize illustrates the recognition of the quality and importance of the work accomplished by these great French art patrons. The first exhibition of the Drawing Prize abroad was presented in Germany at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen until the 24th of February 2019.

The actors in the 2022 Drawing Prize

The 2022 International Jury

Every year the Foundation gathers together a jury around Daniel and Florence Guerlain, exclusively comprised of French and foreign collectors given the task of choosing the winner.


Renewed for each edition, this year the jury is comprised of:

Nassib Abou-Khalil (Lebanon), Joe Battat (Canada), Laura Ningzheng (China), Bimpe Nkontchou (Nigeria), Laurent Boillot, Laurence Danon, Pierre Rainero and Florence & Daniel Guerlain (France)


The Selection Committee
Since the creation of the prize, the selection of artists is made by a permanent committee of seven experts:

  • Emmanuelle Brugerolles, Head Curator in charge of the collection of l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts of Paris
  • Yuan-Chih Cheng, adviser to the Department of Artistic Creation at the French Ministry of Culture
  • Hervé Halgand, collector
  • Christophe Leribault, chairman of the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie
  • Lucia Pesapane, exhibition curator
  • Florence and Daniel Guerlain, collectors and founders of the Drawing Prize.


Silvia Bächli, Switzerland (2007), Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Chile (2009), Catharina Van Eetvelde, Belgium (2010), Marcel Van Eeden, Netherlands (2011), Jorinde Voigt, Germany (2012), Susan Hefuna, Germany (2013), Tomasz Kowalski, Poland (2014), Jockum Nordström, Sweden (2015), Cameron Jamie, United States (2016), Ciprian Muresan, Romania (2017), Mamma Andersson, Sweden (2018), Claire Morgan, Irland (2019), Juan Uslé (2020), Françoise Pétrovitch (2021).


The nominated artists for the 15th edition of The Daniel and Florence Guerlain Drawing Prize, on December 16th 2021 are:

Guert & Uwe TOBIAS


Olga Chernysheva

Olga Chernysheva was born in 1962 in Moscow.

She studied at the S.A. Guerassimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), Moscow, and the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. She represented Russia at the 49th Venice Biennale (2001). She has exhibited at the M HKA, Antwerp, the Vienna Secession, the State Russian Museum, St Petersburg, Manifesta 10, the Bergen Triennale, the Drawing Center, New York, the Musée d’Art moderne, Paris, and at Le Quartier, Quimper...

Her works are in the collections of the MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London), Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris), the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), the NBK (Berlin), Frac Bretagne and the private collection of Florence and Daniel Guerlain. She is rep

Olga Chernysheva

Escalation 3,  2018

Watercolor on paper, 48 x 36 cm.

Collection Florence and Daniel Guerlain.
Courtesy Galerie Iragui, Moscou.
©André Morin.


Chloe Piene

Chloe Piene was born in 1972 in Stamford (USA).

She studied art history at Columbia, New York, and fine art at Goldsmiths College, London. She lives and works in New York and Warsaw. Her works were on view at the LACMA, Los Angeles (2001), the Liverpool Biennale (2002), the Whitney Biennale (2004) and the Printemps de Toulouse (2005)… Her drawings have been exhibited at the Musée de Saint-Étienne, the Carré d’art, Nîmes, the Frac Picardie and Frac Haute-Normandie and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Her drawings are in the collections of the MoMA and Whitney Museum (New York), the Sammlung Hoffman (Berlin), the Florence and Daniel Guerlain donation to the MNAM-Centre Pompidou and the private collection of Florence and Daniel Guerlain.
She is represented by the Galerie Barbara Thumm (Berlin)..

Chloe Piene

Shmael, 2021,

Charcoal on vellum, 109 x 167 cm.
©Courtesy of the artist

Gert & Uwe TOBIAS

Gert & Uwe Tobias

Gert & Uwe Tobias were born in 1973 in Brassov (Romania), but grew up in Germany.

They graduated from the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK) and now live in Cologne. Their works have been shown on the global art scene since 2003, at venues including the Turin Triennale, the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie, Besançon (France), the Maramotti Collection (Italy), the Kunstmuseum, Bonn, the MNAM-Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the BPS22, Charleroi (Belgium)...

They feature in the collections of the MoMA (New York), the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), the Kunstmuseum (Bonn), the Kupferstichkabinett (Berlin), the Frac Auvergne (France), the Florence and Daniel Guerlain donation to the MNAM-Centre Pompidou and in the private collection of Florence and Daniel Guerlain.

They are represented by the Galerie Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels), Cassina Projects (Milan) and Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin).

Gert & Uwe Tobias

Untitled, 2014

Graphite pencil, ink, watercolour and crayons on thick paper, 101 x 81 cm.
Florence and Daniel Guerlain Collection.
©Courtesy Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels.


The Drawing Prize in figures

15 editions since its launch
The Contemporary Drawing Prize was launched in 2006. It became annual as from 2009.
3 artists nominated for each edition
7 experts for the selection committee

The candidates are selected by a committee composed of seven experts.


9 collectors in the jury

The winner is chosen by a jury comprising nine members, including the two founders and seven private collectors, either French or foreign.
The jury is renewed for each prize. (Vote by secret ballot).


1 laureate

The Drawing Prize is awarded to an artistic work. The laureate receives an endowment of 15.000 euros and the two other selected artists receive an endowment of 5.000 euros each. A work by the laureate is offered to a French institution by the Foundation.



The Drawing Prize’s Sponsors

The Cercle des Amis of the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation
The Foundation’s support group, the ‘Cercle’ is strongly committed to the prize that it assists at every stage.

La Maison Guerlain, www.guerlain.fr

Neuflize OBC, www.neuflizeobc.fr

Artcurial, www.artcurial.com

Artprice by ArtMarket.com

Voisin Consulting Life Sciences, www.voisinconsulting.com

Groupe Élysées Monceau, www.elysees-monceau.fr

Groupe Pasteur Mutualité, www.gpm.fr



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