Patronage and Cultural Partnerships

European Artistic Crafts Days

For Vacheron Constantin, promoting arts and crafts professions is more than a commitment, it is a duty. Since 2011, the manufacture has been supporting the activities of the Institut National des Métiers d’Art (Arts and Crafts French National Institute) and in particular, its “Journées des Métiers d’Art” (Artistic Crafts Days) which safeguard, promote and transmit the culture of the 217 sometimes centuries-old trades listed by the institute.
 

For Vacheron Constantin, promoting arts and crafts professions is more than a commitment, it
is a duty.

Reflecting the growing interest of the public and professionals alike, the 2011 edition of the “Journées des Métiers d’Art” (Artistic Crafts Days) received over 1.3 million visitors in Paris during the exhibit’s three days. Given this unprecedented success, the “Journées des Métiers d’Art” (Artistic Crafts Days) were expanded to include all of Europe the following year.

ABOUT THE ARTS AND CRAFTS FRENCH NATIONAL INSTITUTE

Created in 2010, the Institut National des Métiers d’Art (Arts and Crafts French National Institute) is a unique structure serving as a reference point for arts and crafts, and was placed under the authority of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, of the Secretary of State for Trade, Craftsmanship, Small and Medium Enterprises, Tourism, Services and Consumption, and of the Ministry of National Education.

ABOUT THE “JOURNÉES DES MÉTIERS D’ART” (ARTISTIC CRAFTS DAYS)

The “Journées des Métiers d’Art” (Artistic Crafts Days) were created under the impetus of the Ministry of Craftsmanship in 2002 in order to encourage the public to take a new look at these trades and their values of modernity and innovation, to introduce them to young people, to identify them as trades for the future, to contribute to the economic development of this sector and to stimulate new career interests.

Key Dates in our Patronage:

April 2016: Vacheron Constantin, patron of the European Artistic Crafts Days (JEMA) for the sixth consecutive year, is supporting a number of exceptional events in France, Italy and Switzerland.
  • March 29th to April 3rd: JEMA 2016 inaugural exhibition “L’Empreinte du Geste”, in partnership with the French National Institute for Artistic Crafts (INMA), presented at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
  • Vacheron Constantin, along with the Fondazione Cologni des Mestieri d’Arte, is partnering the JEMA 2016 in Milan. These days will take place on the occasion of the XXI Triennale International Exhibition Milan “21st Century. Design After Design” from April 2nd to September 12th. In partnership with the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte and the Triennale di Milano, the Maison is proud to be associated with this event through the “New Craft” Pavilion at the Fabbrica del Vapore. From April 2nd to May 31st 2016, this pavilion dedicated to excellence will be hosting the “Mutations” exhibition initially commissioned by Vacheron Constantin for the JEMA 2015 in partnership with the French National Institute for Artistic Crafts and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Held under the patronage of the City of Milan, the JEMA 2016 will enable the public to discover ancestral skills.
  • April 15th to 24th: support for activities in the Cantons of Vaud, Jura, Neuchâtel, as well as the City of Geneva. The Manufacture is opening the doors of its historical site “en l’Ile” and providing demonstrations by its artisans: a master guillocheur, a master enameller and a master watchmaker. The commitment of the Maison is also expressed through the exhibition presented at the Geneva Art and History Museum in partnership with the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte: “Arts & Craft & Design. Time according to Alessandro Mendini and his artisans.”

 

More information about these exceptional events

 

March 27th, 28th and 29th 2015: Vacheron Constantin, main partner to the European Artistic Crafts Days, is supporting three events in France, Italy and Western Switzerland.
  • The “Mutations” exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, in partnership with the National Institute of Artistic Crafts (INMA). A demonstration of the relevance of the Artistic Crafts in today’s world emphasising tradition and experimentation.
  • Open days in more than 65 art workshops in partnership with the City of Geneva, the Canton of Vaud and the Canton of Jura. On this occasion, the Maison Vacheron Constantin on the Ile de la Cité in Geneva will open the doors to its historic site and host demonstrations by a master gemsetter, a master engraver and master watchmakers.
  • The “Intrecci” at the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum in Milan revisits the art of traditional Italian weaving, in partnership with the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte. Innovation brings ancestral skills back to life.

 

April 2014: European Artistic Crafts Days with four exceptional exhibitions in France, England, Italy and Switzerland.
  • The "Period Room" exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, in partnership with the Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA, or French National Institute of Artistic Crafts) demonstrates that artistic crafts are an integral part of contemporary creativity.
  • The "Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional" exhibition in London, in partnership with Walpole and centered on the theme of excellence, brings together the works of young artists and craftspeople at the Royal Academy of Arts at Burlington Gardens.
  • The exhibition in Milan, under the sponsorship of the city, is held in partnership with the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte (Cologni Foundation for Artistic Crafts Professions). An ensemble of workshops will open their doors and a photography exhibition put together by Tiziana and Gianni Baldizzone entitled "Transmettre, Percorsi di Sapere" (Transmission, Pathways to Knowledge), will explore the transmission of knowledge and know-how across the world at the Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery).
  • The "L’Art et la Matière" or Art and Materials exhibition in Geneva at the Maison Tavel is held in partnership with the City of Geneva. For the first time ever, the Canton of Vaud, neighboring the canton of Geneva, will participate in the European Artistic Crafts Days with the opening of several artisan workshops.
April 2013: “Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art” (European Artistic Crafts Days) with four important events in France, Italy, England and Switzerland.
  • An exhibition in Paris in partnership with the Arts and Crafts French National Institute (INMA) at the Tokyo Palace: “Temps de Creation”.
  • An exhibition in Milan in partnership with the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte: titled “Arts & Crafts & Design – Time according to Alessandro Mendini and his Artisans”.
  • An exhibition in London, in partnership with Walpole, titled “Crafted - Makers of the Exceptional”.
  • The "L’Art et la Matière" or Art and Materials exhibition in Geneva at the Maison Tavel is held in partnership with the City of Geneva. For the first time ever, the Canton of Vaud, neighboring the canton of Geneva, will participate in the European Artistic Crafts Days with the opening of several artisan workshops.
March - April 2012: “Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art” (European Artistic Crafts Days) with three major events in France, Italy and Switzerland
  • “Mémoires d’Avenir” exhibit in Paris with the underlying theme of transmission, a value that is dear to the heart of Vacheron Constantin.
  • “Capi d’Opera” exhibit which pays tribute to the excellence of arts and crafts in Lombardy.
  • Support for the grand opening of the Ateliers du Grand Théâtre de Genève.
April 2011: “Journées des Métiers d’Art” (Artistic Crafts Days) in Paris
  • “Talents d’exception” exhibit at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine