Vacheron Constantin Launches ‘arts, Crafts And Design: Time In The Eyes Of Alessandro Mendini And Its Craftsmen’ Exhibition

Thanks to the cooperation of Swiss high-end watchmaker Vacheron Constantin, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie Foundation will host the ‘Arts & Crafts & Design: Time according’ at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. to Alessandro Mendini and his Artisans ‘(art, craft, design: time in the eyes of Alessandro Mendini and his craftsmen). The event was jointly organized by the Fondazione des Mestieri d’ Arte Foundation in Milan and the Fondation Cartier pour l’ art contemporain Foundation in Paris.
The exhibition, which includes 13 works, is the first time for dialogue and discussion on the issue of time in the artisanal fields of high-end watch manufacturing and design, art and craft.
Alessandro Mendini’s designs are created by Italian master craftsmen using 13 different materials. This is a dialogue between artists, designers, and master craftsmen. It is a dialogue between the creators and planners of this idea. It conveys a thriving, vibrant and fruitful cultural scene.
The cultural purpose of this exhibition is to highlight the pivotal role of handicrafts in today’s society. Mr. Alessandro Mendini and each master craftsman will leave signatures on their work.

From left to right: Alberto Cavalli, Fabienne Lupo, Juan Carlos Torres, Alessandro Mendini and Hervé Chandes

According to the wishes of Alessandro Mendini, all the exhibited works are used to show the unparalleled value of craft trade and materials, using semi-traditional and experimental techniques. Each piece has its own aesthetic value, visual language, and materials that are ‘dressed’ with it.
When craft meets design
According to Alessandro Mendini, ‘there are countless art materials and technologies in the world that reflect the countless attacks on traditional arts in the world today. Today, we do not have time, and these 13 works just need a lot of time to complete . That’s why they are shown. They mentioned that the creation of works for beauty is not to satisfy a certain goal, but for their own purposes. They have proved the existence of space, space for art, craftsmanship Design and other areas offer endless possibilities. ‘
The exhibition will be held at the International Haute Horlogerie Salon in Geneva on January 21-25, 2013.
Source: Vacheron Constantin