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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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L’Esprit du Bauhaus at Les Arts Décoratifs

Honouring arts education at the crossroads of industry and artisanship

Our everyday lives are suffused with ‘The Bauhaus Spirit’: the myriad forms and objects created at the unique German school from 1919 to 1933 continue to nourish our contemporary culture. In Paris, Les Arts Décoratifs is devoting a major exhibition to the teaching and influence of the Bauhaus. 

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Over the Rainbow at La Grande Place

Looking beyond the clouds

Clouds and other meteorological phenomena take centre stage at the Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, for a celebration of the poetry of weather. Devised by 49 Nord 6 Est - FRAC Lorraine, ‘Over the Rainbow’ presents an iconoclastic weather report, de-mythologising the contemporary art scene with a fresh, cross-disciplinary approach.

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Les Liaisons ambiguës at Le Forum

Artworks, bodies and the challenge of materiality

Le Forum brings together three artists from different backgrounds who seem, a priori, to have nothing in common. Yet works by Anne Laure Sacriste, Bernhard Schobinger and Nile Koetting explore a common issue, namely the varied relationships of the body to its surrounding space – the eponymous ‘ambiguous liaisons’.

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Douglas Eynon & Erwan Mahéo at La Verrière

Novelty Ltd.

A large embroidery piece redefines the topography of La Verrière, dividing it into two distinct spaces. The seemingly opposing worlds of Douglas Eynon, on the one side, and Erwan Mahéo, on the other, come together as a global installation and a metaphor for the future of the city of Brussels, under the auspices of the exhibition’s eponymous, mysterious company. 

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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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Io Burgard at the Seloncourt leather workshops

Que vogue la galère (‘Come what may’)

A long travel trunk is placed on the floor. Closed, it resembles a walnut shell. Open, it reveals a collection of mysterious leather tools, ready and waiting. In residence at the manufacture de Seloncourt, visual artist Io Burgard has produced a work open to multiple possibilities, combining sensuality and sophistication.

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Célia Gondol at Holding Textile Hermès

Silk, copper, and stars

Visual artist and choreographer Célia Gondol brings astrophysics to Holding Textile Hermès as she explores the connections between the mysteries of the universe and the production and printing of silk. Three works created at the site take a fresh look at artisan skills through the prism of science.    

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DH McNabb at the Cristallerie Saint-Louis

A glass artist takes on the challenge of crystal

DH McNabb took a resolutely experimental approach for his residency at the Cristallerie Saint-Louis. Working for the first time with crystal, the American glass artist identified a ‘wish-list’ of technical challenges, in projects designed to test the material’s properties to the limit. 

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Artists’ residencies 2015

Carte blanche to three visual artists at the Hermès workshops

Now in its sixth year, the programme of artists’ residencies from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès mentors three emerging artists as they discover artisan skills and create new works at the Hermès Group’s silk, leather and crystal workshops.

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Jennifer Avery at the Hermès silk and textile workshops

From workshop stitching to solitary performance

An extensive group project drawing on – and extending – the skills of Hermès artisans leads to a double narrative explored in a solitary performance work. Invited by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès to work in situ at the Hermès silk and textile workshops, artist Jennifer Avery experienced a residency made to measure – by hand.

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Clarissa Baumann at Puiforcat

The medium vanishes…

Exploring the limits of the medium, Brazilian artist Clarissa Baumann issued a unique challenge to the skilled artisans of the Puiforcat workshops in Pantin near Paris. As artist-in-residence for the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Baumann’s risk-taking work addresses the erosion and disappearance of materiality in art.

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Lucie Picandet at the Hermès leather workshops in Pantin

A representation of infinity.

As part of the fifth season of artists’ residencies from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Lucie Picandet is the guest of the Hermès leather workshops in Paris and Pantin, harnessing traditional leatherworking skills to create a cyclical, allegorical work exploring love and death. 

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Artists’ residencies 2014

Carte blanche for visual artists at the heart of the Hermès workshops

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is launching a new, three-year cycle of residencies at the Hermès workshops. Young artists will work with expert artisans in fine leather, metal and silk, discovering their skills and know-how, and applying them to the creation of new, original works of art. 

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Condensation exhibition

Artists’ residencies on show at the Palais de Tokyo

Condensation at the Palais de Tokyo explores the relationship between contemporary art and artisan excellence, through a retrospective of sixteen works created since 2010 as part of the programme of artists’ residencies organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. An ensemble of contemporary artworks taking viewers to ‘the heart of the medium’…

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Marcos Avila Forero at the Maroquinerie Nontronnaise

New ways of working with leather

Marcos Avila Forero has been invited to the Maroquinerie Nontronnaise, for the fourth season of artists’ residencies organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès: a promising encounter between an artist noted for his work in situ, and the local history and living heritage embodied in the Maroquinerie’s team of expert artisans.

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Gabriele Chiari at the Ateliers AS

Watercolour and silk

Gabriele Chiari will work at the Ateliers AS in Pierre-Bénite, as part of the fourth annual programme of artists’ residencies organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès: an opportunity to explore her own work as a painter in the context of printing techniques on silk.

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Marie-Anne Franqueville at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis

Crystal as the counterpoint to an organic artwork

For the fourth season of artists’ residencies organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Marie-Anne Franqueville will work at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, exploring the fruitful interplay between the power of the artwork and the delicacy of the crystal medium.

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Anne-Charlotte Yver chez John Lobb

From concrete to leather – the art of equilibrium

As part of its fourth season of artists’ residencies, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès invited Anne-Charlotte Yver to the Paris workshops of specialist, bespoke shoe-maker John Lobb, discovering the secrets of leather and wood-working, and the technical skills of the artisan boot-makers.    

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Andrés Ramirez at Ateliers AS

A sophisticated examination of the art of silk printing

As part of the third season of artists’ residencies offered by the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès, André Ramirez will be the guest of the Ateliers AS at Pierre-Bénite, creating a three-dimension graphic work exploring the fine art of silk printing.

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Félix Pinquier at the Maroquinerie de Belley

Fine leather work and the art of sound

Félix Pinquier’s work at the Maroquinerie de Belley will explore the visual representation of sound. The Foundation’s third annual season of artists’ residencies takes a fresh look at the exceptional skills of Hermès artisans, through the prism of contemporary art.

 

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Oh You Kyeong at Puiforcat

Resonant echoes: fine metalwork and contemporary art

Oh You Kyeong’s residency at the Puiforcat metal workshops explores the mastery of fragility through the use of the finest raw materials. Mentored by Giuseppe Penone, Korean-born Kyeong is taking part in the third season of artists’ residencies supported by the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès.  

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Oliver Beer at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis

Sound and crystal: an unprecedented pas-de-deux.

Oliver Beer will work at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, for the fourth season of artists’ residencies organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. Collaborating with skilled artisans – the custodians of a unique heritage – Beer will focus on the acoustic properties of fine crystal.

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Émilie Pitoiset at the Maroquinerie de Pierre-Bénite

Artist’s residency 2011: Giselle

Launched in 2010, the annual programme of artists’ residencies organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès allows four young visual artists to discover exceptional artisan skills. Mentored by artist Susanna Fritscher, Émilie Pitoiset worked at the Maroquinerie de Pierre-Bénite in 2011.

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Atsunobu Kohira at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis

Artists’ residencies 2011: Instrument pour Saint-Louis

Launched in 2010, the annual programme of artists’ residencies organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès allows four young visual artists to discover exceptional artisan skills. Mentored by artist Giuseppe Penone, Atsunobu Kohira worked at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis in 2011.

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Sébastien Gschwind at Maroquinerie de Saint-Antoine

Artists’ residencies 2011: Un genre humain

Launched in 2010, the annual programme of artists’ residencies organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès allows four young visual artists to discover exceptional artisan skills. Mentored by artist Emmanuel Saulnier, Sébastien Gschwind was artist-in-residence at the Maroquinerie de Saint-Antoine in Paris, in 2011.

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Marine Class at Puiforcat

Artists’ residencies 2011: Table reliefs

Launched by the Foundation d’entreprise Hermès in 2010, the annual artists’ residencies allow four young visual artists to establish a creative dialogue with a range of exceptional artisan skills. Mentored by artist Richard Deacon, Marine Class worked at the Puiforcat metalwork factory in 2011.

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Benoît Piéron at the Holding Textile Hermès

Artist's residency 2010: the bed / wedding canopy and silk twill

In 2010, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès forged links between craftsmanship and contemporary art, with four residencies for French-speaking artists in each of the Hermès workshops. Mentored by artist Richard Deacon, Benoît Piéron worked with artisans in the silk division of Holding Textile Hermès.

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Olivier Sévère at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis

Artist's residency 2010: De rien de se crée rien

In 2010, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès forged links between craftsmanship and contemporary art, with four residencies for French-speaking artists in each of the Hermès workshops. Mentored by Emmanuel Saulnier, Olivier Sévère and glass-workers at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis created a group of 'crystal boulders'.

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Simon Boudvin at the Maroquinerie des Ardennes

Artist's residency 2010

In 2010, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès forged links between craftsmanship and contemporary art, with four residencies for French-speaking artists in each of the Hermès workshops. Mentored by artist Giuseppe Penone, Simon Boudvin collaborated with leather-workers in Bogny-sur-Meuse.

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Elisabeth Clark at the Maroquinerie de Sayat

Artist's residency 2010: À travers

In 2010, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès forged links between craftsmanship and contemporary art, with four residencies for French-speaking artists in each of the Hermès workshops. Mentored by artist Susanna Fritscher, Elisabeth Clark worked with leather artisans at the Maroquinerie de Sayat.

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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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Support for the performing arts

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is also very active in the world of performance art through its New Settings programme, which helps to produce works co-created by a performance artist and a visual artist. The multiple interactions resulting from this type of collaboration give rise to a renewal of form, allowing for the exploration of highly original works. The Fondation also supports projects external to this specific programme, giving priority to cross-disciplinary works performed in France and abroad.

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is also very active in the world of performance art through its New Settings programme, which helps to produce works co-created by a performance artist and a visual artist. The multiple interactions resulting from this type of collaboration give rise to a renewal of form, allowing for the exploration of highly original works. The Fondation also supports projects external to this specific programme, giving priority to cross-disciplinary works performed in France and abroad.

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"New Settings" programme

Supported works in 2016

Since its inception in 2008, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has supported the contemporary creative arts in their many forms. In 2011, the Foundation launched a new programme of support, dedicated to the performing arts: New Settings. 

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New Settings #6

New horizons for New Settings

Now in its sixth year, New Settings presents an expanded format, encompassing a broad range of experimental performance works. The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is supporting more artists than ever for the production and staging of their projects, with cultural institutions across the Paris region.  

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