From September 14 to 30, 2018, the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller will present the exhibition “Pour l’intelligence de la main”, with reference to the Prize of the same name and in a tribute to the French artistic crafts. This exhibition will be presented as part of the event “Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future” organized by the Michelangelo Foundation. Hosted in Venice by the Giorgio Cini Foundation during the Architecture Biennale, on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the exhibition will present an international public with a 360-degree vision of the creativity and craftsmanship of French artistic craftworkers..
Timed to coincide with an outstanding exhibition in Venice, the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller will celebrate in September 2018 the winners of the Liliane Bettencourt Prize pour l‘intelligence de la main®. Invited by the Michelangelo Foundation as part of the event “Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future”, the Foundation will present a selection of works by its laureates, thus revealing the excellence of their skills and how they have evolved over twenty years.
For two weeks, on the small island of San Giorgio Maggiore, overlooking the San Marco basin, European artistic crafts will be honored in the splendid Benedictine monastery that houses the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. The exhibition by the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, for its part, will he held in the Sala del Chiostro dei Cipressi, an area of 270 m², in a unique and contemporary setting by the designer Ramy Fischler. It will be an opportunity to showcase the growing synergies between international institutions working for the same cause. It will also be an opportunity to recall the pioneering role of the Foundation, which since 1999 has been showcasing the key role of the artistic crafts in contemporary creativity.
Orchestrated by the curator Alain Lardet, this proposal comes to demonstrate the creativity and modernity of this world, through the portraits and works of winners of the Liliane Bettencourt Prize “pour l’intelligence de la main”.
Fourteen works presented in Ramy Fischler’s exhibition design will testify to the strong values of the French artistic crafts: the respect for know-how, the excellence of practices, the importance of transmission, the strength of innovation.
Other works will also be evoked by projected photographs. Yet others are to be the subject of a series of 17 virtual reality films made by a team at Fresnoy, National Studio of Contemporary Arts, under the artistic direction of Alain Fleischer. Fitted with helmets, visitors will be able to experience total immersion in the workshops of the artistic craftworkers. They will follow the creative process by observing, concretely, the object being made. They will share the comments of the craftsmen and, better yet, discover their whole universe with a 360-degree vision: the details of a room, the tools hanging on the walls...
These two moments of discovery – physical and virtual – will enable the public to discover the artistic crafts and their extraordinary and appealing universe.
Conveying a strong message by showing works and playing on experimentation is also the intention of Nicolas Delon, Julien Choppin and Sébastien Eymard, the architects of the agency Encore Heureux, selected for the French Pavilion of the 2018 Architecture Biennale to be held in Venice from late May to November 2018. Their project, “Infinite Places”, also supported by the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, plays with the absence of limits, with whatever is open-ended and capable of mutation. The ten spaces presented by this collective are all pioneering works and reveal the complex, multiple role of the architect, who has to construct a building but also forge links, allow stories that will sometimes go much further than the envelope in which they come to life. Ten places will thus testify to this richness, among them Les Grands Voisins and Le Centquatre in Paris, Tri postal in Avignon, Le Ferme du bonheur in Nanterre, La Friche de la Belle de Mai in Marseilles... With, for each, a cabinet of curiosities combining drawings, models, films and photographs. And to put the icing on the cake, an eleventh place – unpublished – will enrich the event, a place as a surprise, of which we know only that it is set in the heart of Venice...
With this manifesto exhibition “Pour l’intelligence de la main” and by its support for the “Infinite Places” project, the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller is coming to Venice to reaffirm its values as well as its convictions. The future of the artistic crafts rests on the preservation of skills and their adaptation to the present, to a modernity which passes through the use of the new technologies, perfectly attuned to the times: the new usages, the public’s wishes, the different ways of working (networking, on the other side of the world...). This change will strengthen the influence of the arts and crafts, making them desirable to the younger generations. And It will strengthen their prospects for a bright future..
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Chiostro del Palladio © Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Chiostro del Palladio © Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Amàco, Atelier Baudelaire, RF Studio © Amàco
Centre International Verrier (CIAV) @ Meisenthal © Sophie Zénon for the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Alain Lardet, curator of the exhibition « Pour l’intelligence de la main » © Laila Pozzo for the Michelangelo Foundation
Cathy Chotard © Stéphane Compoint for the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Claude Aïello © Sophie Zénon for the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Didier Mutel © S. Zénon for the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
E. Joussot, F. Richard, E. Benqué © Sophie Zénon for the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Felipe Ribon, Nicolas Marischael © Felipe Ribon
François-Xavier Richard © Stéphane Compoint for the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Julian Schwarz © Sophie Zénon for the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Kristin McKirdy © Stéphane Compoint for the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Ludovic Avenel © Stéphane Compoint for the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Nathanaël Le Berre © Sophie Zénon for the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Nelly Saunier © Alain Perret / Chopard
Steven Leprizé © Sophie Zénon for the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Video mapping – Nicolas Weyrich for the scenography @ RF Studio
Bernard Dejonghe © F. Goalec