Late last week, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg attended an award ceremony for the De Mains de Maître exhibition that was held earlier this month.
The exhibition “De Mains de Maîtres” (which translates to “by masters’ hands”) was organised by The Hereditary Grand Ducal couple in partnership with the the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts, the Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat (BCEE) and with the support of the Ministry of the Economy, the Ministry of Culture and the city of Luxembourg. The exhibition is dedicated to craftsmen and artists from Luxembourg, as well as a selection of talents from neighbouring European countries.
The art exhibition was officially launched by Guillaume and Stéphanie earlier this year. It was open to the public from 1 to 5 December and managed to attract over 10,000 visitors during this period. More than 28 guided tours were organised for high school students, around 600 of whom came from all over the country to view the art.
Many of the most diverse works featured in the exhibition were sold, and a section of the profits was donated to the Chambre des Métiers to finance training in the field of contemporary arts and crafts. To encourage the artists further, prizes were awarded to a few among their number.
The Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess attended the award ceremony, which was held in the auditorium of the Chambre des Métiers last Thursday. Also in attendance were State Secretary for the Economy Francine Closener, State Secretary for Culture Guy Arendt, the President of the Chambre des Métiers Roland Kuhn, as well as all the other artists who took part in the exhibition.
The Hereditary Grand Duchess presented the Jury Prize to Ellen van der Woude, while Damiano Tussillagine won the Audience Award for his work “Oriente.”