Meet Aline Girard & Gwendal Coulon

© Gwendal Coulon

Meet Aline Girard & Gwendal Coulon

"Piéces Montées" (Ceramic Sculptures)

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For the second part of their residency, the duo of artists will present the results of the experimentation conducted on the Foundation’s ceramic 3D printer. Their research has focused on the reinterpretation, either partially or entirely, of scans of museum archaeological objects available freely on several online databases.
Following an initial phase of printing with layers of clay, comes the coloring and texturing stage, invoking both new technologies and references to traditional text-bearing pottery. Embracing the striations inherent to the printing process, as well as the errors resulting from this experimental production method and the plasticity of the clay, the duo delivers a first series of stoneware, colored with sprayed porcelain slips, followed by a second series using porcelain directly tinted in the mass and printed.

Meet Aline Girard and Gwendal Coulon on May 22nd at 6.30 pm, free admission

Milan Design Week 2024


Emma Pflieger et Antoine Foeglé – Keep it Flat © MUDAC – Etienne Malapert
Hors-Studio – To Bind © Ella Perdereau
The Light Library © Marine-Rouit Leduc 

Milan Design Week 2024
April 15 to 21, 2024

Agora du Design

The Foundation is delighted to support the Agora du Design as it participates in Milan Design Week from April 15 to 21, 2024, where the projects of the 2021 laureates will be presented. This exhibition, held at BASE, an artistic research center, offers international visibility to designers Marine Rouit-Leduc, Hors-Studio, Emma Pflieger, and Antoine Fœglé.

In 2024, the Foundation announced a new biennial partnership with the Agora du Design, committing to host the winners of the 2023 and 2025 research grants in design and curation awarded by the Agora Prize, in residency. Thanks to the support of the Pernod Ricard Group, the Foundation also annually supports the presentation of the laureates’ work during a highlight of the international design scene.

Exhibition of the laureates from April 15 to 21, 2024, at BASE, Milan
Opening reception on April 15 at 5 p.m.

Conference "Slow-Made"

 © Mobilier national

European Days of Craft
April 5, 2024 at 6.30 pm

Conference "Slow-Made"
presented by Marc Bayard

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On the occasion of the European Days of Crafts, Marc Bayard will lead a conference on “Slow Made.”
Slow Made means “made with the necessary time.” This movement, launched in 2012, aims to rehabilitate the value of time in order to produce, work, and consume better. It seeks to federate and valorize the creative sector in a broad sense and also to encourage the consumer to become an actor by choosing an object that carries shared values, a sustainable model opposed to the disposable consumption model and planned obsolescence.

This movement acknowledges a return to reality, the necessity of long-term thinking, and the affirmation of the body. Based on these observations, the movement, seen as a space for debate, develops perspectives for reflection in order to act on the current ecological transition.

Marc Bayard is the Head of the Mission for the Valorization of Crafts and Innovation at the Mobilier national, where he has programmed numerous contemporary artists, including Yan Pei-Ming, Eva Jospin, Pierre&Gilles, Maurizio Galante&Tal Lancman, Sheila Hicks, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, or Harry Nuriev.
With a PhD in Art History from EHESS, he is a former resident of the Villa Medici and has directed the Department of Art History at this institution for six years. He has also been a member of the Cabinet of the Minister of Culture, Mr. Frédéric Mitterrand.
He is the author of “Design du pouvoir. L’Atelier de Recherche et de Création du Mobilier national” (2016), and “Slow-Made. Manifeste du geste humain” (2022).

Screening of the film "The River"

 © Météore Films


March 21, 2024

The River

A film by director Dominique Marchais

On the eve of World Water Day, the Foundation is organizing an exceptional screening of Dominique Marchais’ new film, “The River,” in the presence of the director. A poetic film about the rural world, an ode to water and nature which recently received the Jean Vigo Prize. The screening will be followed by a discussion between the director and designer Olivier Peyricot. Between the Pyrenees and the Atlantic flow powerful rivers known as the gaves. Cornfields make them thirsty, dams block salmon migration. Human activity disrupts the water cycle and the river’s biodiversity. Men and women cast their curious and loving gaze towards this fascinating world of beauty and disaster.

Thursday, March 21st from 8 pm at the Galaxy Cinema, Châteaubernard
In partnership with the Galaxy Cinema and Eurociné-Cognac
Unique rate: 5 euros

Conference : Is ceramic sustainable?

 © Benoit Chenudeau


December 15th, 2023

Is ceramic sustainable?

Presented by Jean-Charles Hameau

In resonance with the Almanach exhibition, this conference aims to discover the connections that bind ceramics to the notions of sustainability, reusability, and recycling. We’ll delve into the key assets of ceramics (material qualities, enduring nature in associated uses), potential pathways to reduce its environmental impact, as well as the limitations to its reuse or recycling (energy cost of reusability, irreversible nature of clay transformation during firing, consumption habits).

Jean-Charles Hameau is a heritage curator and head of collections at the Musée national Adrien Dubouché (Limoges), where he has worked since 2014. Specializing in modern and contemporary art, he notably led the reorganization of the museum’s hall dedicated to contemporary ceramics (2018) and curated exhibitions such as ‘À table! Le repas, tout un art’ (2021), ‘Formes vivantes’ (2019), and ‘Avant, ici, Maintenant, l’expérience Non Sans Raison’ (2015).

National Architecture Days

View of the “Matières Vivantes” (Living Materials) at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal ©Nicolas Krief

National Architecture Days

Wool and Architecture

On the occasion of the National Architecture Days with the theme being ecological transition, the Foundation will host industrial designers Soufyane El Koraichi and Marlon Bagnou Beido, who share a common interest in developing new types of objects that provide solutions to issues related to thermal comfort, resource management, and overall energy consumption.

In conversation with Florence Wullai, a textile designer specialized in wool felting, currently in residence at the Foundation, they will present their project “Wool Wall,” recently exhibited at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris as part of “Matières Vivantes” (Living Materials). Together, they will explore the innovative potential of wool and bio-sourced insulation in architecture.

Saturday, October 14, 2023
2:00pm : “Wool Wall” Conference

Saturday October 14th and Sunday, October 15th, 2023
4:00pm : Guided tours of the Almanach exhibition (1 hour)