Yann Grienenberger has been directing the International Center of Glass Art (CIAV) in Meisenthal since 2001. The glassworks of this small town, founded in 1704, closed its doors in 1969, but was revitalized in the late 1970s. The Glass Art Site of Meisenthal is now involved in projects related to the preservation of its material heritage (old objects, documents, tools) and intangible heritage (know-how, living memory), as well as cultural and artistic programming (artist residencies, exhibitions), all within a context of economic development through the production and marketing of objects sold mainly on site.
The Glass Art Site of Meisenthal works for many creators and produces objects under the "Meisenthal-France" brand, including the Douglas vase designed by François Azambourg, as well as collections of contemporary Christmas baubles. An elegant way to combine openness to the world and the spirit of the place.
Anchored in a posture of "reasoned craftsmanship", the CIAV responds to the challenges of today's world: sincere, local endemic production, the crossroads between age-old technical heritage and contemporary creation, the transmission of know-how, short-circuit distribution of production and a desire for pedagogy (demonstrations by glassblowers, etc.).
Lauréat de la récompense Parcours du Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'Intelligence de la Main® 2014