European Artistic Crafts Days: a second highly successful edition.

april 2013

European Artistic Crafts Days: a second highly successful edition.

Vacheron Constantin has continued its support for the Institut National des Métiers d’Art (the French National Institute of Arts and Crafts) with its patronage of the 2013 edition of the European Artistic Crafts Days, not only in France but also the events organized in Milan, London and Geneva.

In London on April 3rd, Vacheron Constantin and Walpole hosted some 250 invited guests at Somerset House, on the occasion of the exhibition entitled “Crafted - Makers of the Exceptional.” In the course of this exhibition, 2,000 enthusiastic visitors were able to admire the work of some twenty artistic craftsmen specializing in, among other things, glass-blowing, textiles, furniture-making and shoemaking, as well as watchmaking and enamelling presented by Vacheron Constantin.

In France on April 4th, Vacheron Constantin and the Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA) welcomed some 650 guests on the occasion of the exhibition entitled “Les Métiers d’Art se mettent en scène” (Artistic Crafts take the stage) in the Palais de Tokyo. The European Artistic Crafts Days in Paris attracted around 7,000 visitors.

In Milan on April 5th, Vacheron Constantin and the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte inaugurated an exhibition in Superstudio 13: “ARTS & CRAFTS & DESIGN, Time as seen by Alessandro Mendini and his craftsmen,” together with 200 invited guests. The exhibition offered an interpretation of time through 13 works produced from drawings by the architect, Alesandro Mendini. This theme was chosen to pay tribute to the world of watchmaking that closely links design, technology, and artistic craftsmanship. The events in Milan attracted almost 3,400 visitors.

Lastly, in Geneva, on April 7th, Vacheron Constantin, as joint patron with the City of Geneva, welcomed some 80 guests to the Geneva Museum of Art and History, for the dismantling of the exhibition “L’Envers du Décor” (Behind the scenes). During the exhibition – which had started on April 5th and had attracted almost 2,500 visitors over its three days – visitors were able to meet the craftsmen and discover their arts: a ceramist, a watchmaker and an enameller from Vacheron Constantin. They could also admire a reconstructed 18th century watchmaker’s workshop installed by the Geneva manufacture.

By supporting and participating in numerous exhibitions around the world, Vacheron Constantin fosters the recognition and preservation of the artistic crafts. “Preserve, Pass On and Promote” are the watchwords of European Artistic Crafts Days.

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London: (left to right) Guy Salter, Founder of the Crafted Programme; Julia Carrick, Walpole CEO of Walpole and Founder of How to Spend It, Juan-Carlo...

London: (left to right) Guy Salter, Founder of the Crafted Programme; Julia Carrick, Walpole CEO of Walpole and Founder of How to Spend It, Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin.

Paris: (left to right)  Sylvia Pinel, Minister of Craft, Commerce and Tourism, Jean-Michel Delisle, President of the Institut National des Métiers d’A...

Paris: (left to right)  Sylvia Pinel, Minister of Craft, Commerce and Tourism, Jean-Michel Delisle, President of the Institut National des Métiers d’Art, Aurélie Filippetti, French Minister of Culture and Communication, Jean de Loisy, President of the Palais de Tokyo, Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, and Serge Nicole, President of the Atelier d’Art de France.

Milan: (left to right)  Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, Gisella Borioli, Director of Superstudio 13, Alessandro Mendini, famous intern...

Milan: (left to right)  Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, Gisella Borioli, Director of Superstudio 13, Alessandro Mendini, famous international architect, Franco Cologni, President of the Cologni Foundation of Artistic Crafts.

Geneva: (left to right) Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, Anne-Catherine Lyon, State Councilor of the Canton de Vaud in charge of traini...

Geneva: (left to right) Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, Anne-Catherine Lyon, State Councilor of the Canton de Vaud in charge of training, youth and culture; Sami Kanaan, Administrative Councilor of the City of Geneva in charge of culture and sport, and Jean-Yves Marin, Director of the Museum of Art and History.