After many recommendations, we will visit Révélations in Paris for the first time this June. The biannual event is a prestigious showcase for the finest contemporary creations from France and abroad. Follow along with us!
UPDATE – 21 June, 2022: For 5 days, 39,000 visitors came to discover 406 artisans from 34 countries. With 40% new exhibitors, visitors were able to meet with their favourite creators and discover a rich and updated offer, made especially for Révélations. In 2023, Révélations will be celebrating its 10th anniversary and will be held 8-11 June at the Grand Palais Éphémère, with a special day on Wednesday 7 dedicated to journalists, VIPs and prescribers.
As the 5th edition of Révélations has just ended, Atelier d’Art de France, the French professional fine craft federation announces the official launch of Révélations China as part of the 2023 Beijing Design Week.
Organised and held by the Ateliers d’Art de France (the French professional fine craft federation) since 2013, Révélations offers a unique opportunity for fine craft professionals to present their unprecedented creations and meet their audience in a very well targeted way. For four days (9-12 June) visitors can peek behind the scenes and learn more about the meticulous work of the artisans – 407 exhibitors from more than 30 countries.
Because of the renovation of the Grand Palais, the location is the Grand Palais Éphémère, a temporary building on the Champ-de-Mars (a large park in the 7th district of Paris) designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The Grand Palais Éphémère will host the major events usually held in the original 1900’s Grand Palais until it reopens in 2024.
Le Grand Palais Éphémère, Wilmotte & associés architectes @Patrick Tourneboeuf/RMN_GP/Tendance Floue
The aim is pretty similar to the aspirations of the Homo Faber event in Venice – it is no coincidence that artists there mentioned ‘Révélations’ as ‘the place to be’ this summer for all those who have an appreciation for outstanding human accomplishments and craftsmanship.
To ensure the excellence and quality of the works displayed, Révélations appoints an Artistic Steering Committee every two years to select the exhibitors. The panel is made up of nine representatives from the entire sector of contemporary arts: artisans, gallery owners, art school directors, designers, architects or collectors.
Although the variety of fine craft professions and objects is really wide at the Révélations, each has to meet important criteria. The artisan has to master complex skills, the pieces have to inherit artistic value, be made individually (in unique pieces or small series) and be naturally sustainable.
For the fifth edition, the biennial also has chosen to honour the African continent (after Norway in 2013, South Korea in 2015, Chile in 2017 and Luxembourg in 2019). Africa is the central theme and visitors can discover diverse pieces from 15 countries of the continent – like Moroccan art copper sheet craft, revisited Senegalese traditional weaving or South African beaded embroideries.
The international exhibition Le Banquet is revealing this year the most spectacular pieces from 10 locations (Catalonia, Cyprus, French Polynesia, Morocco, Nigeria, Slovakia, the United Arab Emirates, Zambia, South Korea and Luxembourg).
In addition to the great selection of the Révélations, the ‘Hors les Murs’ programme presents creations and installations displayed in various Paris venues, both private and public. Among these is the fine craft concept store EMPREINTES, designed and created by Ateliers d’Art de France, the professional fine craft federation that gathers over 6,000 craftsmen. At their 600m2 boutique, located on the rue de Picardie in the 3rd district, you can browse over 1,000 fine craft creations, all handmade in unique pieces or limited editions.
We will select a few excellent artisans to highlight so please join us next week here and on our social media channels!
Photo credits: Révélations, EMPREINTES, Wilmotte & associés architectes, Loupiosity.com
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