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Know-how and creativity

Every creative gesture draws its strength from a mastery of specific expertise. Visual artists, designers, actors, musicians and dancers all master their art through constant practice to develop their core skills. Focusing on support to develop the talents of tomorrow, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès pursues a commitment to the creative men and women whose work helps us to see our world in a new light, challenging and consolidating the foundations of our shared culture.

We provide regular support for valued partner institutions.

Production techniques are a central focus for the Foundation. We intervene upstream in the creative process to give creative artists access to unexplored means of production. Art is built on sharing, and we complete the cycle by supporting initiatives to bring the resulting works to the public at large.

Exhibitions by the Foundation

One of the many activities of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is producing and exhibiting works of art. The Fondation is responsible for scheduling shows for six exhibition spaces worldwide: La Verrière in Brussels, Atelier Hermès in Seoul, Aloft at Hermès in Singapore, Le Forum in Tokyo and the temporary exhibition art space in La Grande Place, cristal Saint-Louis museum. With the help of specialist curators favouring creations in situ, the Fondation produces approximately fifteen original exhibitions per year with free access for the public.

One of the many activities of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is producing and exhibiting works of art. The Fondation is responsible for scheduling shows for six exhibition spaces worldwide: La Verrière in Brussels, Atelier Hermès in Seoul, Aloft at Hermès in Singapore, Le Forum in Tokyo and the temporary exhibition art space in La Grande Place, cristal Saint-Louis museum. With the help of specialist curators favouring creations in situ, the Fondation produces approximately fifteen original exhibitions per year with free access for the public.

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Emmanuel Saulnier at Le Forum

ATM tempo I/II/III

Emmanuel Saulnier’s work echoes historical and tragic events, encouraging us to question the true nature of what motivates us as humans. Invited to work in situ at Le Forum, he continues his existential exploration with a striking, musically inspired project that’s part improvisation, par reflection.

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Arweider at La Grande Place

A encounter between two artists and the region’s crystal and glassworkers

Anne Deprez and Julie Luzoir spent ten months collecting the stories and memories of artisan crystal and glassworkers – the men and women adept with cutting wheels, hand ladles or blowing irons – for the group exhibition Arweider, devised with the Frac Lorraine (the regional fund for contemporary art).

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Dora García at La Verrière

Somewhere, Two Planets Have Been Colliding for Thousands of Years (The Thinker as Poet)

At the core of a minimalist installation at La Verrière, something is taking place. Visitors become the spectators of a performance that invests the gallery space. Dora García’s elegant, rigorous presentation seeks to generate a poetry accessible to all.

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Yangachi at Atelier Hermès

When Two Galaxies Merge,

The space at Atelier Hermès is transformed for this distinctive presentation – part exhibition, part performance.  Anything is possible When Two Galaxies  Merge, in the words of Korean artist Yangachi, creator of an immersive installation that explores the nature of perception. 

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Artists' residencies

Firmly committed to promoting creativity, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès broadens its support of artistic production by inviting young visual artists to Hermès manufactures, renowned for their quality products. These young artists are given carte blanche to create an original work starting with ‘a blank slate’, meaning they must have no preconceived notion of the piece they will create. This programme is based on a quaternary model: four years, four mentors (internationally recognised artists), four young visual artists (recommended by the mentors), four manufactures (each one welcoming one artist in residence per year).

Firmly committed to promoting creativity, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès broadens its support of artistic production by inviting young visual artists to Hermès manufactures, renowned for their quality products. These young artists are given carte blanche to create an original work starting with ‘a blank slate’, meaning they must have no preconceived notion of the piece they will create. This programme is based on a quaternary model: four years, four mentors (internationally recognised artists), four young visual artists (recommended by the mentors), four manufactures (each one welcoming one artist in residence per year).

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Anastasia Douka in Residency at John Lobb

Channel Closer, Channel Opener, COLLANT, Portraits, 2017

Before her Residency with John Lobb in Northampton, artist Anastasia Douka could not have imagined the wealth of artisan skills that lie behind the shoes made by this English footwear brand. The resulting artworks are a testimony to her immersion among the craftsmen and women who deploy exceptional know-how on a daily basis.

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Bianca Argimon at the Holding Textile Hermès

West of Eden

During her residency at the Holding Textile Hermès, artist Bianca Argimon deconstructed a figurative design according to four colours, the stages involved in its printing, and its scale. The process, exploring the different skills involved in printing on silk, led her to illustrate this matrix in a play of translucent, super-imposed motifs.

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Lucia Bru at the Cristallerie Saint-Louis

(movidas), (aérocubes)

Clay, glass, porcelain, metal or paper are sculptor Lucia Bru’s materials of choice. During her Residency at the Cristallerie Saint-Louis, the Brussels-based artist engaged with the many facets of crystal, combining experimental techniques and confrontation with other materials.

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Support for the visual arts and photography

In addition to its major programmes, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports projects submitted by external sources, usually cultural institutions and events with which it is already in partnership. The main goal of these projects is to heighten awareness of the artists involved, give their works increased visibility, and give them the opportunity to make contact with the public.

In addition to its major programmes, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports projects submitted by external sources, usually cultural institutions and events with which it is already in partnership. The main goal of these projects is to heighten awareness of the artists involved, give their works increased visibility, and give them the opportunity to make contact with the public.

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Immersion

A Franco-American photographic commission

Immersion is a powerful statement of commitment to support creative photography on both sides of the Atlantic. Launched by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in partnership with the Aperture Foundation, New York, this new programme features exchange residencies, exhibitions and publications. 

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Prix Marcel Duchamp

Honouring France’s contemporary art scene

Since 2008, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has supported the Prix Marcel Duchamp for contemporary art, presented annually to a French artist, or an artist living and working in France. The internationally acclaimed prize aims to promote the French art scene worldwide.

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