For their 15th edition, the European Crafts Days, which will be held from April 6 to 11, have chosen this year as their theme “Materials at work, back to the essence of crafts and living heritage”. Mostly digital, the days will offer new content throughout the week and broadcast on social networks of the National Institute of Crafts (INMA) and those of participants. The event will feature discoveries, virtual meetings, interactive tours and online games.
The 2021 edition is built around three pillars: digital activities initiated by structures in the Paris region; an exhibition-event entitled “Matières à l’œuvre, matière à penser, manière de faire” (Materials at work, materials to think about, ways of doing), from April 9 to May 9, first digitally and then in the Galerie des Gobelins of the Mobilier National in Paris; and virtual and physical open houses. The workshops of 3,000 artists and craftsmen throughout France will also be mobilized for the occasion.
The exhibition “Matières à l’œuvre, matière à penser, manière de faire”
Presented by the Institut National des Métiers d’Art, in partnership with the Mobilier National and with the support of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, the exhibition will be held from April 9 to May 9, 2021, initially online, and then, health conditions permitting, at the Galerie des Gobelins, Mobilier National. It offers the public a digital program to compensate for this imposed closure. More than forty pieces of exceptional designers in the fields of fashion, design and furniture are brought together, accompanied by guided tours, live visits and a classical music concert honoring the Master craftsmen of musical instruments.
“Transmission, research, creativity and eco-responsibility are the key words of this course full of emotions that offers the opportunity to discover or rediscover the importance of the commitment of craftsmen, designers, our Masters of Art and their students whose recognition, unique in the world, has exceeded a quarter of a century“, we can read on the program of the site.
Art and mastery: the professions of the Paris Opera
This year, the Opera is highlighting the trades that are essential to this institution but unfortunately often unknown to the general public. An overview of the different skills of the house will be offered, from sewing to tapestry, wigs, carpentry to makeup, sculpture, painting, composite workshops …
“For more than 350 years, the Paris National Opera has made its mark on the history of music and dance and has played an active role in France’s cultural influence. The Opera brings together more than 100 different trades, some of which are very old, and is today a place of conservation of rare and precious know-how” according to the JEMA website.
Discovering the workshops of the Louvre Museum
For this event, live broadcasts and a video available on the museum’s website will allow visitors to discover the premises, trades, and missions of the Louvre’s museum workshops. A selection of recent films on the theme of “Materials at Work” for JEMA 2021 will also be offered by the museum to highlight the exceptional know-how of the workshops, craftsmen, and masters of art. A guided tour entitled “the passion of plants” is also planned.
Live from the Notre-Dame de Paris construction site
Thanks to an original live visit of the construction site, an interview with Marie Parant, a mural painting restorer and leader of the construction site, and two video portraits of the craftsmen in charge of restoring the sixteen statues of the cathedral’s spire, the public institution “Rebuilding Notre-Dame de Paris” offers Internet users the opportunity to be at the heart of the cathedral’s construction site, following the different stages of the project step by step.
“Our website is under construction and will soon allow you to experience the construction site from the inside. Through exclusive contents, proposed by the public establishment in charge of the restoration of the cathedral, you will be able to follow the different stages of the building site, to discover the richness and the diversity of the trades of the inheritance and to leave to the meeting of the builders of today” indicates the establishment.
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Superimposed reality demonstration at the Monnaie de Paris
On the occasion of the JEMA digitales, the Monnaie de Paris, the oldest French institution, proposes to attend a virtual casting thanks to a film extracted from the Monnaie’s superimposed reality tool. The film allows the viewer to see and understand the steps involved in the production of an art bronze using the lost-wax casting technique. Also, a series of short videos giving voice to the various trades of the Monnaie de Paris will be available throughout the JEMA.
All that glitters: gilded frames and furniture
The Cognacq-Jay museum is participating in the European Crafts Days with an Exceptional Rendez-Vous to discover live on Instagram, Wednesday, April 7, from 3:00 to 3:30 pm. To celebrate the theme “Materials at work”, the museum the museum is organizing a meeting with Meggie Garcelon, gilding restorer for a stroll through the collections in dialogue with the lecturer Sylvia Gagin.
This dialogue highlights a precious and emblematic technique of 18th century art objects. She explores some of the major works in the collection from a new angle before revealing the manufacturing techniques, their tools and their secrets, offering a cross-section of ancient creations and their contemporary heirs. A meeting now accessible here in replay on Instagram.
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Ateliers de Paris 3D visit of the workshops of the residents of the incubators of Bastille and Faidherbe
As part of the European Artistic Crafts Days, residents of the Ateliers de Paris propose the discovery of a personal approach to their know-how. With a 3D view, the workshops of the residents of the Ateliers de Paris, the incubators of Bastille, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine 75012 and Faidherbe, 28 rue de Faidherbe 75011 will be unveiled.
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