artistic portrayal of the worlds of work and business, and the economic world more generally.
Until now, this artistic genre has never been conceptualised or organised. This, then, is our vision. Art faber has catalogued numerous works - almost 25,000 to date. Eminent artists, in particular in Europe since the eighteenth century, have contributed to its breadth. Contemporary design continues to enrich this field of Art faber, through the fine arts, photography, literature, cinema and music among other areas…
What is Art faber?
Henri Bergson, Philosopher and Nobel Laureate for Literature,
Creative Evolution, 1907.
Homo Faber — the productive man — is at the centre of human history and identity. Man's faber-related, productive, trading and, more generally, economic activity has long been a source of inspiration for artists whose works make up Art faber:
Art faber brings together all aesthetic expressions (fine art, photography, literature, poetry, cinema, music etc.) of the productive world in its artisanal, industrial, commercial and, more generally, economic dimensions.
They revolve around 5 key themes:
The processes of production and commercialisation
The economic concepts
What promote Art faber ?
Pr Renaud Sainsaulieu and Jérôme Duval-Hamel,
Pourquoi j’irais travailler ?, Symposium, Sciences Po Paris, 2000.
Art faber promotion: which programme?
Conceptualising Art faber and promoting it as a major thematic art form, in particular through the publication of conceptual texts.
Identifying, grouping and promoting the cultural heritage of Art faber through, for example: the publication of hitherto unpublished anthologies, thematic texts, international museum exhibitions and the creation of a virtual museum.
Promoting the work of contemporary artists and scientists on the theme of mankind as maker in particular through the creation of a Nouveaux Regards Contemporains (New Contemporary perspectives) collection, museum exhibitions and exhibitions in economic environments, international symposia.
This project to promote Art faber has been initiated by businesses, universities (art history, economics, management, law, literature, musicology, sociology and philosophy) and French and international artists.
It is under the patronage of the French Minister for Labour and is co-chaired by Professor Lourdes Arizpe, former Assistant Director General for Culture at UNESCO and President Emeritus of the International Social Science Council, the World Congress on the Status of the Artist and President of the International Union of Anthropological Sciences, and by Professor Jérôme Duval-Hamel, President of the Lab. Industries & Cultures / EDMP – University of Paris II, former director of large industrial groups, Honorary President of the European Society for industrial art and aesthetics, President of the Prix officiel franco-allemand des industries culturelles (Franco-German official prize for the cultural industries).
The project is supported administratively by the Lab. Industries & Cultures.
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