The 12th edition of the European Works of Art Days


The European Days of Crafts (JEMA) have just ended and gathered, from Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 April, everywhere in France more than 1, 3 million visitors.

For the first time for almost a week, they turned the event, which over the years had already become the largest international event dedicated to the fine craft sector, into a true”Springtime for fine crafts”.

Organised by the Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA), supported by the Ministry of the Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Culture and carried out thanks to the support of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, major patron of these Days, they brought together this year, around their national theme”Futurs en transmission“, more than 8,500 events throughout France, including 1,470 specially dedicated to young audiences, mobilized 130 training centers and demonstrated, over 6 days, the vitality of the sector and the strength of the interest of French people of all ages. Each of the major French regions has been heavily involved in making these JEMAs a success. At the European level, 20 participating countries were also successful.

For the first year, the event offered an expanded program by creating nearly 100Rendez-vous d’Exception“, which enabled thousands of visitors from all over the territory to take part in tailor-made meetings in the emblematic places of fine crafts where the gestures of French genius are invented and practiced every day. The programme includes, in particular, the discovery behind the scenes of the Atelier du Livre d’art et de l’Estampe de l’Imprimerie nationale, the Manufacture de la Savonnerie de Lodève, the opening of the Maison de Colette, the Villa Cavrois and the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, visits to the workshops of the Opéra national de Paris, the Monnaie de Paris or those of the Maison Lancel, and original meetings with craftsmen at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, the Musée Cognacq-Jay or the Palais Galliera.

With the theme chosen for their 12th edition,”Futurs en transmission“, the JEMA proposed, from Tuesday, April 3 to Sunday, April 8, an original trip to the heart of crafts..: a journey that led each of its participants to discover the new faces of the sector, those called“neo-artisans” or“artyzans”; and which was addressed in particular to the younger generations to give them a better understanding and understanding of this sector,”creator of beauty”, which works both to restore the treasures of our heritage, participates in the world luxury market, the creation of our new living heritage and collaborates with the great names of fashion, design and contemporary art.

To give substance to this theme, INMA and the Musée des arts et métiers have joined forces to present an exhibition called”Futurs en Transmission“. With free and open access until April 22, it offers an immersion in the know-how of crafts and explores the creation and innovation they can generate. Combining installations, performances and meetings, it will mobilize, throughout its duration, students from 5 major art and design schools – ENSAAMA-Olivier de Serres, Boulle, Duperré, Estienne, École Nationale Supérieure des Arts décoratifs – to whom the curators of the exhibition – the anthropologist, Arnaud Dubois, and INMA’s director of innovation, Nicolas Rizzo – asked several months ago to imagine the crafts of tomorrow using the machines, objects and tools of the Musée des arts et métiers.

The exhibition was inaugurated on April 4 in the presence of the Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen, the Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Delphine Gény-Stéphann, and the President of INMA, Lyne Cohen-Solal.

For this new edition of JEMA, INMA, in addition to the exhibition at the Musée des arts et métiers, co-produced a number of events. Among them, a photographic exhibition at the YellowKorner gallery in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, a pop-up store in the Marais to discover the creations of former winners of the Prix Avenir Métiers d’Art and recipients of the Prêt d’honneur Entrepreneurs des métiers de la Fondation Michelle et Antoine Riboud and a workshop-exhibition about the know-how of instrumental making at the Galerie de l’INMA located in the heart of the Viaduc des Arts which ended this Sunday with a concert.

The European Journées des Métiers d’Art receive the support of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Culture, the Assemblée Permanente des Chambres de Métiers et de l’Artisanat, the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller”Grand mécène national”, numerous local actors (local authorities, cultural structures, associations), as well as its media partners: the France Télévisions group, Radio Vinci Autoroutes and Sanef 107.7.

INMA would like to extend its warmest thanks to them and to all the cultural institutions, crafts professionals, training centres, project leaders, regional coordinators, local authorities, consular chambers and partner associations involved, as well as to all craft lovers who made it possible to hold this great Spring of Crafts and looks forward to seeing you in 2019 for the 13th edition of the JEMA.

Marie-Elisabeth de La Fresnaye

After training in literature and art history, Marie de la Fresnaye entered the art market in Drouot and embarked on events. In parallel to several years in business in the field of editorial commun...

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