Built on the basis of a field survey of twenty MOFs throughout France, the exhibition examines the craftsmen’s craftsmanship and their creations with a selection of pieces from the collections of the Musée des arts et métiers . The ensemble is presented in an unusual scenography, enriched with elements designed for the exhibition by MOF, including a library offering a selection of 25 works, made by jewelers, embroiderers, dressmakers, glassmakers, watchmakers or frames.
Heritage objects, archival documents and contemporary creations invite the visitor to discover the tools, the materials, the places of production but also the creative processes and the lives of these exceptional workers. The video installation that closes the course reveals the technical and aesthetic gestures of the Best Workers of France in their workshop working paper, fabric, glass, wood, stone, bronze.
By placing humans at the heart of the exhibition, Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France reflects the richness and diversity of current practices, which are part of a long tradition of craftsmanship.
Curator of the exhibition: Arnaud Dubois, anthropologist. This exhibition is a co-production of the Organizing Committee of the Exhibitions of the Work (Comité d’Organisation des Expositions du Travail) and the contest “One of the Best Workers of France”(“Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France “(COET-MOF)) and of the Musée des arts et métiers, with the support of the EY Corporate Foundation for handicrafts.