Founded and run since 2013 by Ateliers d’Art de France, Révélations aims to promote handicrafts. Ateliers d’Art de France and the Institut français share a common and international ambition to promote the creativity and multidisciplinarity of fine crafts. These crafts represent a significant proportion of the creative and cultural industries that the Institut français supports through various schemes, working closely with the French cultural network abroad.
One such scheme is La Fabrique des Résidences, through which the Institut français supports several artist residency programmes, some of which are partially focused on fine crafts, such as the Villa Al Qamar in Lebanon.
Perhaps the most obvious example is the Villa Kujoyama, a multidisciplinary research residency in Kyoto, co-led by the Institut français and the Institut français in Japan, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2022. Thanks to the support of its key patron, the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, the Villa Kujoyama has hosted creators working in the fine crafts since 2014. The Villa Kujoyama is especially dedicated to supporting craftspeople, who can use it as an exceptional place for research, inspiration and encounters.
Two former Villa Kujoyama laureates at the Biennial
Mylinh Nguyen, laureate of the Villa Kujoyama in 2015, will also be exhibiting at the Grand Palais Éphémère,showing the sculptures she is developing through the use of metalworking and modelling techniques.
Fanny Boucher, winner of the Liliane Bettencourt Prize for the Intelligence of the Hand, which includes a month-long stay at the Villa Kujoyama, will be giving a lecture entitled “Entreprendre dans l’artisanat d’art” (“Embarking on a career in the fine crafts”) , at the Biennial on Friday 9 June.
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