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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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Abraham Cruzvillegas at Le Forum

The Water Trilogy 2

The Water Trilogy 2, a site-specific architectural installation at Le Forum, continues Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas’s exploration of the interconnectedness of culture and society. It forms the second in a trilogy of exhibitions by the artist in 2017, taking place in Paris, Rotterdam and Tokyo.

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Minjung Kim at Aloft at Hermès

Oneness

Celebrating ‘thought and reflection’ – the gallery’s theme for 2017 – the Foundation’s Singapore art space presents Oneness by Korean artist Minjung Kim: an invitation to reconnect with ageless wisdom through landscapes evoking a sense of the infinite.

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Tris Vonna-Michell at La Verrière

Punctuations & Perforations

Sound-poet Tris Vonna-Michell unusually embraces silence for his solo show at La Verrière, preferring instead to concentrate on imagery. His photographs, films and installations adopt a rigorous, minimalist aesthetic while conveying an inherent sense of mystery, making him a natural candidate for the space’s Ballistic Poetry season.

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O philoi, oudeis philos at Atelier Hermès

A collaborative installation celebrates ten years of activity and looks to the future

Ten years ago, Atelier Hermès opened with a mission to support ‘art as a commitment to life’ through a programme of work by politically and socially engaged artists. Now, the reconfigured Seoul exhibition space invites visitors to look to the future, with a collaborative show entitled O philoi, oudeis philos.

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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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Alessandra Sanguinetti at the Aperture Gallery

Le Gendarme sur la Colline

Alessandra Sanguinetti – the winner of Immersion #2 – presents selected photographs from her journey across France. The book and exhibition Le Gendarme sur la Colline tell the story of an itinerant residency: an intuitive journey and its encounters, along a haphazard route. 

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Claude Iverné, Winner of the Prix HCB

Bilad es Sudan

French photographer Claude Iverné has long been welcomed and inspired by Sudan, whose Arabic name means ‘land of the black men’. As the winner of the 2015 Prix Henri Cartier-Bresson, he presents an exhibition in Paris and New York of work completed thanks to the award – an immersive yet detached portrait of the world’s newest nation.

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