The event took place on Thursday April 4th, in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. As patron of the European Artistic Crafts Days, Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch manufacturer in continuous activity, together with the Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA – the French National Institute of Arts and Crafts), hosted around 600 guests on the occasion of the exhibition entitled “Les Métiers d’Art se mettent en scène” (Artistic Crafts take the stage). The inauguration was attended by Aurélie Filippetti, French Minister of Culture and Communication, Sylvia Pinel, Minister of Craft, Commerce and Tourism, Jean-Michel Delisle, President of the Institut National des Métiers d’Art, Jean de Loisy, President of the Palais de Tokyo, Serge Nicole, President of the Atelier d’Art de France, as well as Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin.
“Les Métiers d’Art se mettent en scène” is in fact more than just an exhibition; it is an invitation to take part in an original emotional experience. The purpose of this now annual event is to bring the general public closer to artistic craftspersons and to make their work better known. Guests were thus able to meet a variety of artisans including a ceramist, a wood-cutter, a goldsmith as well as a Vacheron Constantin engraver.
Moreover, in deciding to organise this exhibition in the Palais de Tokyo, the various partners of the European Artistic Crafts Days wished to underscore the inseparable bond between traditional artistic crafts and contemporary art.
Through its partnership with the Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA), Vacheron Constantin is pursuing its commitment to the Artistic Crafts in order to contribute to enhancing their acknowledged value by spreading knowledge of these artisans of excellence.
About the Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA):
The Institut National des Métiers d’Art (French National Arts & Crafts Institute) is the single inter-ministerial umbrella structure encompassing the entire range of professional and institutional stakeholders in this field and dedicated to serving the cause of artistic crafts as a whole. The INMA fosters exchanges, develops expertise and lends consistency to the various initiatives in the domain. The INMA is placed under the triple tutelage of the Ministry of Craft, Commerce and Tourism, the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Ministry of National Education.
About Vacheron Constantin
Founded in Geneva in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch manufacturer engaged in uninterrupted activity for over 250 years. Founders of the very spirit of technical and precious Fine Watchmaking, the men and women of Vacheron Constantin continue to design, develop and produce exceptional timepieces true to the brand’s three fundamentals: perfectly mastered techniques, inspired and harmonious aesthetics, and an extremely high level of finishing.
Pursuing its longstanding ties with the world of art and culture, Vacheron Constantin is committed to fostering Artistic Crafts that play such a key role in contemporary creativity, while highlighting the excellence achieved by combining these talents with those of Design.
The brand is also a privileged partner of a number of cultural institutions such as the Opéra National de Paris, the French Institut National des Métiers d’Art, the Barbier-Mueller Museum Cultural Foundation and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.