The Fine Contemporary Craft Biennale 2020, 3rd edition

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26th -29th November 2020

19Liberté, Luxembourg-City

Since 2016, this European major event, created on the initiative of TRH Prince Guillaume and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg, is seeking to highlight the talent pool of the country in terms of creativity, as well as to shed light on the beauty and importance of the transmission of know-how to younger generations.

This year, 138 Luxembourgish artisans and creators  or residing in the Grand-Duchy have answered the call for applications (51% applying for the first time). The selection committee met on June the 12th at the Chambre des Métiers of Luxembourg. It was composed by the nine following members : 

H.R.H. the Heredetary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg

Mr. Roland Kuhn, President of the association

Mrs Claudine Hemmer, Advisor visual arts and architecture close to  Ministry of Culture Luxembourg

Mrs Christiane Sietzen, Cultural coordinator

Mr. Jean-Marie Biwer, Artist

Mr.  Jean-Marc Dimanche, General Curator DMDM

Mr. Benoit Hennaut, Director of La Cambre (Bruxelles)

Mr. François Valentiny, Architect

Mr. Hubert Wurth, former Ambassador and self-taught artist


For this third edition, the committee has selected 65 applications, enhancing yet again an incredible diversity of know-how applied to materials as varied as wood, glass, metal, concrete, ceramic or felt.


« Living the material »

A theme that sounds like a manifest at the end of our still recent lockdown, is the rallying cry chosen by Jean-Marc Dimanche, gereral curator, to engage Fine craftsmen and creators around this third edition of the Fine Contemporary Craft Biennale,  which will be held from 26 to 29 November 2020, in the same prestigious setting of 19Liberté. 

The event will also extend “out of the walls” in more than a dozen of partner sites to discover or rediscover, Museums, Galleries, Institutions … through Luxembourg-City.

The exhibition presents over  a hundred  creators from Luxembourg but also from Germany, Belgium (Guest of honour 2020), France and Porugal.

Furthermore, the event will welcome this year four prestigious European schools, whose purpose is to preserve the transmission of know-how and to support their transition to tomorrow’s world : Hochschule Trier, HEAR (Strasbourg), La Cambre (Bruxelles) and ECAL (Lausanne) will project us in the future of Fine Crafts by presenting us a selections of works and researchs by their students in final year or Master.

The BeCraft, partner of the event for the first time this year, has chosen the Belgian selection of the Biennale and will also display in its gallery, located on the site of the Old Slaughterhouses of Mons, a great exhibition in November which will create a dialogue between Belgian and Luxembourgish creators.

Photo: Claude Schmitz, Prix du jury de la Fondation Leir 2018 « On ne peut pas faire mieux que ça » Broche, 2017, or, béryl vert 26, 83 ct (©Patrick Muller)

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