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Salon Révélations - Paris - from 4 to 8 May 2017

THE FRENCH INSTITUTE PRESENTS A NEW TRAVELLING EXHIBITION ENTITLED "ART(S) DE VIVRE, SAVOIR-FAIRE FRANÇAIS

AT REVELATIONS - FROM 4 TO 8 MAY 2017 - STAND A4

 

The French Institute is participating in the 3rd edition of Révélations - Biennale internationale métiers d'art & création which will be held from May 4 to 8 at the Grand Palais in Paris. On this occasion, the French Institute will be presenting a travelling exhibition entitled "Art(s) de vivre, savoir-faire français" (stand A4) to the 45,000 professional and amateur visitors expected for this 2017 edition of Révélations.

Beyond the image of exceptional know-how, the "Art(s) de vivre, savoir-faire français" exhibition shows how the crafts contribute to the creation and dissemination of a constantly changing art of living that permeates French culture and its international aura.

This exhibition explores the excellence, elegance and refinement of the 21st century, as imagined and crafted by twenty contemporary workshops and craftsmen (Nelly Saunier - feather worker, Olivier Guilbaud - gilder & Vincent Menu - graphic designer, Manufacture d'Aubusson Robert Four - weaver, Maonia - cabinetmaker and straw marker, Mydriaz - bronze artists, Junior Frtiz Jacquet - paper object maker, Nicolas Marishael - goldsmith, Sylvie Coquet - ceramist, Didier Mutel - engraver - intaglio printer, Laurel Parker - bookbinder, Sylvain Le Guen - fan maker, Marion Delarue - jewellery designer, La Contrie - leather worker, Samuel Gassmann - cufflinks designer, Causse Gantier, Cire Trudon - waxmaker & Élise Blouet-Ménard - restorer of antique objects of art, poterie de la Madeleine - potter, Karen Gossart and Corentin Laval - basket makers)

In the rhythm of large chapters that illustrate such a singular art of living and in the maze of imaginary rooms, their productions reveal their attachment to history and tradition, their capacity to free themselves from it and their ability to imagine exceptional objects, objects of art(s) of living. Although they are centuries old and constitute a tangible and intangible heritage, art crafts are first and foremost a real breeding ground for creation and innovation in the fields of decoration, lighting, gastronomy, books, fashion, perfume and even gardening.

The French Institute's travelling exhibitions are designed to showcase the vitality of French creativity in a number of sectors on an international scale. Their circulation is organised in close collaboration with the French cultural network abroad. Their aim is to create meeting points and encourage collaboration between numerous partners in a variety of contexts.

The exhibition was curated by Éric Sébastien Faure-Lagorce, independent creative director and curator. He works alongside institutions, brands and designers in their creation and development programmes. The art of living and know-how are the common denominator of his projects and fuel a reflection that constantly reconciles history and modernity. In 2015 and 2016, he notably signed the inaugural exhibitions of the Journées Européennes des Métiers d'Art "Mutations" and "L'empreinte du geste" at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.