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David Raffini & Florian Pugnaire Win The 17th Fondation D'entreprise Ricard Prize

The 17th Fondation d'entreprise Ricard Prize was awarded this year to Florian Pugnaire and David Raffini on the occasion of the exhibition, L'Ordre des Lucioles (The Order of Fireflies), curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler. This piece features the contributions of eight young artists from the contemporary arts scene, David Brognon & Stéphanie Rollin, Julien Dubuisson, Grace Hall, Robin Meier, Florian Pugnaire & David Raffini, and Thomas Teurlai. 

The exhibition starts with a video document unveiling the slow transformation of a truck speeding through the countryside. The constantly moving vehicle’s speed prevents any possibility of a fixed point. The truck, to paraphrase Marinetti, appears like a vector.

This vector is an essential factor in the show. It helps to assess forces and movements in the field which separates the ordinary object and the artwork. The numerous studies on the ontology of art have tried to explain how, and based on what conditions, an ordinary object could be transfigured into an art object. We know that such research represents the central nucleus of many 20th century artistic and theoretical praxes. Surprisingly, few people (Duchamp as ever being an exception) have asked themselves how and under what conditions a work of art could abandon its aesthetic status and embrace that of an ordinary object.

Every year since 1999, the Prize Fondation d'entreprise Ricard has been awarded to an emerging artist on the young French art scene featured in an exhibition designed by an independent curator. Awarded by a jury of art critics and collectors (friends of the Centre Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo, the Jeu de Paume...), the Prix consists in the purchase of a work from the winner, a work then donated to the Centre Pompidou and exhibited in the collections of the Musée national d'art moderne.