L’esprit commence et finit au bout des doigts, the exhibition at Paris Palais de Tokyo

From October 16 to November 10, 2019 Paris Palais de Tokyo invites curious people to discover the “L’esprit commence et finit au bout des doigts” [Spirit starts and ends at the finger tips] ehxibition. A exceptional dive to discover the French craft and know-how!

20 years of commitment deserves a party! This explains why the Palais de Tokyo devotes an exhibition to French craft called  L'esprit commence et finit au bout des doigts, and running from October 16 to November 10, 2019. An exhibition celebrating – to be precise – the 20th anniversary of the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller’s commitment for craftsmen and the excellence of their know-how. A foundation “aware of the importance of the craft universe and the current passion it enjoys”.

A retrospective highlighting many craftsmen and curated by Laurent Le Bon and staged by Isabelle Cornaro. The idea? Highlighting “the beauty of crafts and their resolutely contemporary character”. As part of the Plateau de l’Orbe New-York at the Palais de Tokyo, the tour of the exhibition revolves around four parts, “playing with the variations of light and the dilatation of spaces, opening onto a historic perspective seeking to embellish the hands, alone, then embodied”.

And an exhibition whose title has been inspired by Paul Valéry‘s novel “L’idée fixe ou deux Hommes à la mer” released in 1932. A title echoing the quotes of the novelist written on the pediments of the Palais de Chaillot, currently Musée de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, the building neighboring the museum and built at the same time. The occasion to rediscover a museum and a building of our heritage… Let’s have a tour at the Palais de Tokyo, shall we?

Laurent P.
Last updated on 29 July 2019

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Opening Time
From 16 October 2019 to 10 November 2019



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