The year 2019 is symbolic for the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation. It marks the twentieth anniversary of the Liliane Bettencourt Prize “Pour L’intelligence de la Main”, an  award that remains a label of artistic excellence today. The Prize promotes the talent and diversity of craftsmanship today and now has 110 winners to date representing nearly 50 different skills. Glassblower Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert won the category “Talents d’exception” for “The Beginning: Dark Matter”, a monumental work that brilliantly demonstrates the fluidity between the visual arts and crafts – “the head and the hand” inseparable in the artist’s eyes. Created in 2010, “Dialogues” rewards exceptional collaboration. The jury, presided over for the third year by Jean de Loisy, chose “Argo”, a cradle that pushes the technical limits of cabinet making. It’s a collaboration between cabinetmaker and master of the Arts Ludwig Vogelgesang and the designs of André Fontes and Guillaume Lehoux. The 2019 “Parcours” prize went to the IRFAM, the Training and Research Institute for Metal Crafts. The Jury (Chris Dercon, Pierre Hermé, Didier Krzentowski, Hala Wardé) joined the winners for the awards ceremony at the Salle Wagram to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this prestigious prize. Meanwhile, the Palais de Tokyo is preparing to host the exhibition “L’esprit commence et finit au bout des doigts” curated by Laurent Le Bon and Isabelle Cornaro.

Photos: Jean Picon
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