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Meisenthal

The sacred fire Sunday 24 june 2012 > Sunday 07 october 2012

DATES
From Junel 24 to October 07 2012
PLACE
Magasin aux foins
OPENING
Saterday 23th June at 18.30
Link
www.ciav-meisenthal.fr
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The Meisenthal glassworks came into being in 1704, in the northern Vosges, in the east of France. It went on to produce tens of millions of functional, inexpensive glassware. Between 1867 and 1894, the glassworks served as a laboratory for Emile Gallé, a leading figure of the Ecole de Nancy, who carried out unprecedented technical and artistic research there, conferring Meisenthal with the status of “birthplace of Art Nouveau glass”. The production unit managed to survive worldwide conflicts but the decision not to modernise its production tool meant that it came a cropper at the dawn of the 1970s. The factory, which had up to 650 employees, closed its doors on 31 December 1969.


In 1983, the Meisenthal Glass museum came into being. It bears witness to the creative adventure of this glass factory, and in 1992, on the industrial wasteland, the International Centre for Glass Art (CIAV) was created and its very first furnace lit.


From the outset the CIAV wanted to reinscribe traditional glass manufacture in its era. So, in different collaborative contexts, contemporary creators, established or starting out (artists, designers, art school students…), working in conjunction with the glassworkers, reinterpreting the savoir-faire and setting new histories of objects in motion. The CIAV has always upheld the porosity between design and contemporary art, enabling their diverse expressions to draw inspiration both in the virtuosity of the glassworkers and in the legacy of industrial processes. After 20 years of crossbreeding, the result is impressive: thousands of shapes, unique creations, trials, prototypes, micro series, questionings… A new story is written at every encounter.


The aim of this exhibition is to offer visitors, gathered together in a single space, objects which have been conceived by designers (mass-produced) and works (unique, multiple or installations) thought up by visual artists. Even if some of these works have already been exhibited by the artists themselves (in galleries, arts centres or museums) they have never been exhibited together under the aegis of CIAV. So this initiative constitutes a major event in the history of the centre.


The Meisenthal glassworks came into being in 1704, in the northern Vosges, in the east of France. It went on to produce tens of millions of functional, inexpensive glassware. Between 1867 and 1894, the glassworks served as a laboratory for Emile Gallé, a leading figure of the Ecole de Nancy, who carried out unprecedented technical and artistic research there, conferring Meisenthal with the status of “birthplace of Art Nouveau glass”. The production unit managed to survive worldwide conflicts but the decision not to modernise its production tool meant that it came a cropper at the dawn of the 1970s. The factory, which had up to 650 employees, closed its doors on 31 December 1969.

In 1983, the Meisenthal Glass museum came into being. It bears witness to the creative adventure of this glass factory, and in 1992, on the industrial wasteland, the International Centre for Glass Art (CIAV) was created and its very first furnace lit.


From the outset the CIAV wanted to reinscribe traditional glass manufacture in its era. So, in different collaborative contexts, contemporary creators, established or starting out (artists, designers, art school students…), working in conjunction with the glassworkers, reinterpreting the savoir-faire and setting new histories of objects in motion. The CIAV has always upheld the porosity between design and contemporary art, enabling their diverse expressions to draw inspiration both in the virtuosity of the glassworkers and in the legacy of industrial processes. After 20 years of crossbreeding, the result is impressive: thousands of shapes, unique creations, trials, prototypes, micro series, questionings… A new story is written at every encounter.


The aim of this exhibition is to offer visitors, gathered together in a single space, objects which have been conceived by designers (mass-produced) and works (unique, multiple or installations) thought up by visual artists. Even if some of these works have already been exhibited by the artists themselves (in galleries, arts centres or museums) they have never been exhibited together under the aegis of CIAV. So this initiative constitutes a major event in the history of the centre.

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