Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2015
The experiences of Beauty
Saint-Etienne will be the world capital of design, with its 9th International Biennale devoted to prospective and innovative design, organised by The Cité du Design. It will be offering, over a one-month period, over sixty exhibitions and events (symposia, talks, forums, round tables).
Elsa Francès and Benjamin Loyauté, general curators of the 2015 Biennale, have chosen as their theme The Experiences of Beauty, which aims to examine the importance of the forms of beauty and the meanings they give to functions, usages and the quality of life.
What values are conveyed by the aesthetic? With what intentions? And what do they insinuate about the state of the world? At a time when industrial production is ever more globalised, how can the individual's need for his own unique identity be reconcilied with the signs produced by designs?
The challenge of this Biennale is to show that other routes are possible, not only the monotonous and repetitive ones produced by globalisation: the ambition of the nineteen curators and exhibition designers will be to demonstrate and share what the aesthetic aspect of design can offer.
The Biennale will therefore be showing objects, services, equipments and environments that offer an experience for the senses. The dynamic role played by design in the economy will also be at the heart of the Biennale, with the organisation of the second edition of a forum dedicated to innovation and a space known as Les Labos (The Labs), where companies will be able to have visitors try out their prototypes and innovative products.
Finally, the general curators have been keen to give this 9th edition a resolutely international dimension and have called upon some great names in design such as curators Christophe Bailleux, Frédérique Bompuis, Rodolphe Dogniaux, Gaëlle Gabillet...
Saint-Etienne is one of only three European cities, with Berlin and Graz, to be a member of the UNESCO Cities of Design network, which consists of eleven world cities. Seoul, guest of honor and member of the UNESCO Cities of Design network, will be presenting its talents.
Forward-looking, cultural, innovative, high tech, international, this edition has some real surprises in store thanks to a large number of exclusive special productions.
The IN programme includes the exhibitions at:
- Saint-Etienne area: Cité du design - Manufacture site, Bourse du travail, La Plateforme – Office de tourisme, Amicale Laïque Chapelon, Musée de la Mine, Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole, Musée d’Art et d’industrie.
- Firminy: Le Corbusier - Saint-Pierre church site.
- Lyon: The Plateau - Hôtel de region Rhône-Alpes.
An OFF programme will also be running in Saint-Etienne and its region.
Cité du design - Manufacture site:
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From 10am to 19pm every day. Night-time visits Fridays until 9pm.
Admission fees and rates
- Biennale pass : 12 € (reduced price 8 €). All exhibitions, one admission per place.
- Biennale pass with a guided tour on the Cité du design / Manufacture site : 15 € (reduced price 11 €)
- Permanent Biennale pass : 20 € . Limited entrance for all the exhibitions.