Epicenter of the international contemporary creation, Revelations affirms its will to federate and promote the artists of the matter of the whole world by placing, in each of its editions, a territory in the honor. In 2023, Quebec will unveil the best of the craft creation on the occasion of the biennale.
Each edition highlights the creation of crafts from a region of the world through the exhibition of exceptional pieces of its creators at the temporary Grand Palais.
After Norway (2013), South Korea (2015), Chile (2017), Luxembourg (2019) and the African continent (2022), Révélations has chosen, for this 6th edition of the biennial, Quebec, jointly supported by the Conseil des métiers d'art du Québec and the Maison des métiers d'art de Québec, with the support of the Government of Quebec and the Délégation générale du Québec à Paris.
During a first participation in the international exhibition Le Banquet in 2019, Quebec had seduced the visitors of Revelations by its boldness and its freedom of tone.
Crafts are a fundamental aspect of Quebec’s history and identity. As much now as in the past, they have been a vital part of the cultural, social and economic landscape of Quebec. What distinguishes Quebec is our unique system of knowledge-transfer and our history, still in its infancy. Today, many of our artisans seek to substitute innovation for traditional narratives.
Quebec has long been poised half-way between Anglo-Saxon “arts and crafts” and Franco-European traditions and artisanship. Over the last few decades, that landscape has been rapidly reshaping itself, not least due to the pronounced influence of English-speaking Canada and the United States.
It is through some mysterious alchemy that artisans breathe life into their creations, bridging the divide between the conscious and the unconscious, revealing infinite imaginary landscapes with the power to captivate and enchant us. Today’s artisans can skillfully capture the ever-changing and ephemeral, releasing and transposing the images from within through sheer talent and intention, interlacing fine art and design into every creation.
Our exhibition highlights this evolution in our First Nations artisans. For these peoples in particular, there has often been little, if any, distinction between fine art and fine crafts. First Nations communities are deeply steeped in their cultural heritage and ancestral traditions, and their work is anchored in a creative narrative with unique aesthetics, a melange of revisited practices and new artistic approaches.
This exhibition is a reflection of our desire to promote the excellence and diversity of contemporary Quebec creativity and artisanship throughout the territory. On behalf of the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec and the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec, and with the generous support of the Délégation générale du Québec à Paris, I am honoured to present Québec: nation of honour as part of the sixth edition of Révélations.
* The Africa2020 Season is organised and implemented by the Institut français, with the support of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport, and in partnership with the Agence Française de Développement. The Season is also supported by the Board of Patrons of Africa2020.