MISSION
             
 
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MISSION STATEMENT

To celebrate the memory of Jean-Francois Prat, who died on 26 March 2011, and who was a passionate art collector, the partners of the law firm Bredin Prat in Paris, which he co-founded, and his family, wanted to pay tribute to him by creating a contemporary art prize.

Created in 2012, the Jean-Francois Prat Prize seeks to promote mainly contemporary painting and to support emerging artists of any nationality.
The Jean-Francois PRAT Prize is a program from the Bredin Prat non-profit Fund for Contemporary Art.

The Jean-Francois Prat Prize consists of :

- An award of €20,000 for the winner and €2,000 for each of the other two shortlisted artists
- Publication of a catalogue each year on the work of the three selected artists
- A two-month exhibition of the works of the shortlisted artists in the firm’s offices in Paris
- A cocktail during which the Prize is presented, with guests from the Press, the Parisian art world and key business figures invited by the law firm Bredin Prat.

 
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  ARTISTIC COMITTEE & ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS

The Jean-Francois Prat Prize
is by invitation only. The Prize is not based on any call for proposals or open application for artists or art galleries to submit works.
Every year, a Selection Committee seeks out artists from around the world then contacts directly the shortlisted
artists and galleries.

The Selection Committee of the Prize includes specialists from different areas of the art world:

- Marie-Aline PRAT, art historian and author of several books and articles on art
- Odile BURLURAUX, curator at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris
- Frédéric BONNET, art critic and independent curator
- Frédéric BRIÈRE, art collector and author of Le Guide de l’Artiste (Archibooks, 2011)
The Jean-Francois Prat Prize thanks collector Hervé ACKER (2012-2013) and senior curator
Juliette LAFFON
(2012-2016) who contributed to the Selection Committee during many years.

Each autumn the Selection Committee presents an initial pre-selection of eight artists to the Bredin Prat partners, who are not art professionals and who issue their opinion. Before Christmas, the committee deliberates and decides on the three shortlisted artists for the year. The Jury then votes to select the winning artist.

 
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JURY

The members of the Jury for the Jean-Francois Prat Prize are:

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the person chairing the Prize that year
- the partners of the law firm Bredin Prat
- the members of the Artistic Committee
- the former supporting curators for the artists from the two latest editions of the Prize

Each year, in the last week of March, in a plenary session “in camera”, the chairperson and the Jury hear three representatives from the art world (a curator, an art historian and an art critic) who present, defend and put into perspective the work of the artist they have chosen to support.

The Jury then votes in a secret ballot for the winning artist. The winner is announced that very same day from among the three presented by the Artistic Committee

 
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  CHAIRPERSON

Each year a leading specialist from the world of art, culture or business chairs the specific year’s edition of the Prize, hears the representatives from the three specialist fields, votes and presents the Prize to the winning artist
at the cocktail held at the offices of the law firm Bredin Prat in Paris to which the Press and leading figures
from the world of art, culture and business are invited.

Since the Prize’s inception in 2012, the following key people have honoured the Jean-Francois Prat Prize
by accepting to chair an edition:

- Jean-Jacques AILLAGON, former French Culture Minister, former President of the Pompidou Centre
and of the Château, Museum and National Heritage of Versailles, for the first edition in 2012.
- Jennifer FLAY, Director of the FIAC Paris art fair, for the second edition in 2013.
- Christian LANGLOIS-MEURINNE, President of the Society of Friends of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville
de Paris, Managing General Partner of IDI, for the third edition in 2014.
- Caroline BOURGEOIS, Chief Curator of the Pinault Collection, for the fourth edition in 2015.
- Bertrand LAVIER, Artist, for the fifth edition in 2016.
- Florence DERIEUX, Curator at large, Centre Pompidou, Paris

 
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FOUNDER & SPONSOR

Bredin Prat, one of the top French business law firms, is reputed for providing advice of the highest quality
and sophistication in its selected practice areas, namely: corporate law / mergers and acquisitions, securities
and financial law, international litigation and arbitration, tax law, competition and European law, financing
and banking law, restructuring and insolvency, employment law and public law.

Founded in 1966, the firm was first renowned for its expertise in general litigation and arbitration before focussing more on corporate law in the 1980s. Over the last thirty years, Bredin Prat has indeed worked on most of the major public M&A transactions in France, both domestic and cross-border, including high-profile privatizations
and landmark contested takeovers.

With offices in Paris and Brussels, Bredin Prat has succeeded in expanding while at the same time respecting
the firm’s culture and staying committed to excellence. The firm now has 170 lawyers and its success and particularity is due to the intense personal involvement and reputation of its 47 partners who are unanimously recognized
for their expertise.

At an international level, Bredin Prat has developed a unique approach enabling it to work on all cross-border files with international integrated teams of lawyers from firms who are among the best in their jurisdiction.
The Best Friends network, created ten years ago, comprises, in Europe, the law firms Bonelli Erede (Italy), Bredin Prat (France), De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Netherlands), Hengeler Mueller (Germany), Slaughter and May (United Kingdom) and Uría Ménendez (Spain). The Best Friends currently have 32 offices
and more than 2,500 lawyers worldwide.

Further information on the law firm Bredin Prat can be found at www.bredinprat.fr

 
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Jean-Francois Prat Prize
thanks the publisher DALLOZ, which each year dedicates a special edition of
its famous red-covered French Civil Code to the winning artist, and Frederic BRIÈRE for his contribution in the Prize development to make it growing from inception to what it is today.
 
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