© Sabrina Vitali, Aveuglement, 2017
For the fourth chapter in the LVMH Métiers d’Art artist in residence program, LVMH has selected French visual artist Sabrina Vitali. She will spend six months beginning in February 2019 working with artisans at Renato Menegatti, an Italian manufacturer of high-quality metal hardware located in Villaverla in the Veneto region. Widely recognized for its superb machining of metal hardware pieces for leather goods and fashion houses – and a longstanding partner of the LVMH Group and its Maisons – Renato Menegatti will provide the artist with a highly original and inspiring context for artistic experimentation.
The LVMH Métiers d’Art artist in residence program brings together artists and producers of different materials recognized for their unique quality, with the aim of creating original works of art. The residencies are compelling two-way processes since they at the same time stimulate creativity and innovation by the artisans who engage with the artist’s vision.
Sabrina Vitali, 32, whose work was recently shown at the Centre d’Art Labanque in Béthune, as well as the Palais de Tokyo, will enjoy access to the different production resources at Renato Menegatti, as well as an opportunity to collaborate with the artisans. As with previous residency programs, the works created by Sabrina Vitali will be featured in a book published by RVB Books.
“At heart, the LVMH Métiers d’Art Residency is a gamble: we provoke a meeting between artist and artisan, or, more exactly, invite the artist to the artisan’s home. As a foregone conclusion, artist and artisan will tame, understand, and surprise one another until, finally, working together, they enable something completely unexpected to take place”, stated Jean Baptiste Voisin, Chief Strategy Officer for the LVMH Group and President of LVMH Métiers d’Art.
Following the previous three editions of the LVMH Métiers d’Art artist in residence program, which explored leather and acetate, Sabrina Vitali will draw inspiration from brass and steel. The program’s first artist in residence was Thomas Mailaender, who worked at Tanneries Roux in Romans-sur-Isère, followed by Amandine Guruceaga, who spent six months at the Riba Guixà tannery near Barcelona. The third was Marion Verboom, who was invited to the Manufacture Thélios in Longarone near Venice for her residency.