LVMH Métiers d’Art celebrates 2019 artist in residence program with an exhibition of works by Sabrina Vitali at the Galerie Papillon in Paris, and invites Raphaël Barontini as 2020 artist in residence



To celebrate the end of the residency of Sabrina Vitali, who spent the first part of 2019 at metal hardware manufacture Renato Menegatti, the works she created will be shown in Paris from January 30 to February 22, 2020 in partnership with the Galerie Papillon in the Marais.

© Giacomo Cosua

The LVMH Métiers d’Art artist in residence program is designed to draw on the materials and savoir-faire of producers recognized for their unique quality as the inspiration for a major artistic project. At the same time, the program stimulates the creativity and innovation of the artisans as they engage with the artist’s vision. Sabrina Vitali, 33, whose work has been shown at the Centre d’Art Labanque in Béthune, as well as the Palais de Tokyo, created 37 pieces during her residency during the first half of 2019 at Renato Menegatti Manufacture in Italy, a widely-recognized leader in high-quality machining of metal hardware for leather goods and fashion houses. As for the previous residencies, the artworks done by Sabrina Vitali will be featured in a book by RVB Books, to be published in January 2020 in conjunction with her show at the Galerie Papillon.

©Thomas Lannes


For the fifth chapter in its artist in residence program sponsored by LVMH Métiers d’Art, the LVMH Group has selected French artist Raphaël Barontini. Beginning in January 2020, Raphaël Barontini will spend six months working with artisans at the Heng Long Leather Tannery in Singapore, an internationally-renowned specialist in crocodilian leathers. Thirty-five-year-old Raphaël Barontini – currently presenting his first museum solo exhibition in the U.S. at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah until January 2020 – will enjoy access to the production resources of the tannery and will work closely with its artisans. A leader in tanning and finishing of crocodilian leathers for luxury leather goods and a longstanding partner of LVMH and its Maisons, Heng Long Leather will provide the artist with unique and compelling creative context.

© Jalil Ourguedi

Each year, the LVMH Métiers d’Art artist in residence program is a new six-month adventure during which an artist has a chance to engage deeply with a manufacturer known for its unique quality. The fruit of this encounter, this dialogue between the vision of the artist and the savoir-faire of the artisans, is by definition unexpected, but always intense and spectacular. Sabrina Vitali created 37 absolutely amazing works, affording a magnificent demonstration of the special alchemy that led to each of her creations, down to the least detail. We look forward to an equally exciting creative journey for Raphaël and the Heng Long Leather Tannery,” says Jean-Baptiste Voisin, Chief Strategy Officer of the LVMH Group and President of LVMH Métiers d’Art.

Courtesy de l'artiste et de The Pill (Istanbul) & Espai Tactel (Valencia)