Exhibition « Arweider »
Opaline candlesticks, translucent Christmas baubles, wedding cups that chime like bells… In the land of the Étoiles terrestres’, glass and crystal are a part of everyday life. But who are the men and women whose expert hands have shaped these objects down the generations? This exhibition spotlights personal testimonies from the region’s arweider (glass workers in the local platt dialect), and bears witness to their exceptional skill in the handling and blowing of molten glass.
For ten months, French artists Anne Delrez and Julie Luzoir worked with a number of arweider to create a participative project based on the personal histories of the men and women of the crystal foundries. In private homes, conversations are sparked by family photographs, drawings and objects carefully removed from their vitrines for the occasion. Glass workers talk about their first day at foundry, the celebration of the Kirb, hands marked by their work, and the bursts of song that ring out in the workshops from time to time.
Arweider is a collective exhibition devised in close collaboration with the artists. Each inhabitant has been invited to contribute to the exhibit with his or her lifestory through objects, photographies, medals, drawings etc. Together, they cast a discreet spotlight on the personal tastes and stories at the heart of the glass and crystal foundries. (Curator — Béatrice Josse)
The Fondation d'entreprise Hermès at La Grande Place
The group exhibition Arweider at La Grande Place, musée du cristal Saint-Louis, in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche (Moselle, France) is produced by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, as part of its continuing support for temporary exhibitions at the Foundation’s own art spaces (in Brussels, Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo) and in partnership with leading public institutions (Formes Simples with the Centre Pompidou-Metz, and L’Esprit du Bauhaus at the Arts Décoratifs, Paris).
Each year, the Foundation presents two exhibitions of contemporary art at Saint-Louis, with a focus on artisanship and/or skilled expertise. Each season of three themed exhibitions is co-produced with a leading cultural institution in the Lorraine region, in association
with the cristallerie Saint-Louis and La Grande Place, musée du cristal Saint-Louis. Following the inaugural season, in partnership with the Centre Pompidou-Metz, our guest institution for 2016 and 2017 is the region’s public fund for contemporary art, 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz. Arweider is the third show in the current season. Free admission with a valid museum ticket: 6 €, 3 € Information: +33 3 87 06 40 04 or firstname.lastname@example.org