The 2nd edition of "De Mains De Maîtres" confirmed its position as European Fine Craft Biennial and proposed an event of a new scale in Luxembourg.
From Wednesday 28 November to Sunday 2 December 2018, the event welcomed over 12,000 visitors to Luxembourg. The quality of the works amazed and surprised the many visitors and asserted the vitality and modernity of contemporary craft creation.
From ceramics to glass, through textile sculpture, metal, concrete, or even cabinet making, haute couture, printing, engraving ... this ephemeral and original collection of over 300 works of arts invited to discover or rediscover the talents of these craft creators who elevate the material.
The exhibition welcomed about 60 Luxembourgish artisans, surrounded by the French selection of Ateliers d'Art de France, guest of honour, and by Belgian and German artists, as well as some finest collaborations between visual artists or designers with the know-how of international manufactories.
The Curator Jean-Marc Dimanche had chosen for this edition the theme "Gestures and Wonders": "in the intelligence of the gesture and the preciousness of the materials are always hidden marvellous, mysterious adventures that unfold to the sight and touch and that every creator works as to better surprise us when the time comes, once the work offered and delivered to itself ".
With the aim of highlighting and promoting the crafts of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, contributing to their preservation and development, the event ended on Monday with a day reserved exclusively for high school students. The artists present were able to exchange and transmit the passion that drives them forward.
The key numbers :
2nd edition of the biennale
> 12,000 visitors
32 high school classes
5 days of excitement
2400 m2 of exhibition
116 media coverage in the national and international press & 9 television reports
A rich programme :
320 art pieces
92 artists & 7 manufactures
1 guest of honor, the Ateliers d’Art de France
1 off to extend the experience in some emblematic places in Luxembourg: 6 museums and art centres, 4 workshop & 9 galleries
© Cour grand-ducale / Charles Caratini
In the press:
Connaissance des Arts , 29.11.2018
« A major exhibition dedicated to artisans and art creators — from concrete sculptors to fashion designers, glassmakers, painters and more — has been held for the second time in Luxembourg. »
L’Essentiel Luxembourg, 1.12.2018
« Ce millésime 2018 «De Mains De Maîtres » rassemble une soixantaine d’artisans et artistes du Luxembourg, ainsi que des créateurs, des ateliers et manufactures européens. »
Paris Match, 5.12.2018