Seminar by: Stéphane LAURENT
Director of the Art and Industry program, University of Pantheon-Sorbonne
Title: From Unity of Art to Creative Industries
Date and time: Tuesday, May 31 at 9:40 a.m.
Place: FFB 06 – FADA
Prof. Dr. Stéphane LAURENT is head of the Art and Industry studies at the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne and director of research at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris. He spent several years in the Middle East, where he was professor and dean of a College of Fine Arts and Design, and was executive director of Trinity College in Paris. His fields of research deal with cross-cultural studies in Art and History, the History of modern and contemporary Art and Architecture, the History of Design and of the Decorative Arts. He has published several books: an essay on the ornament and one on Gustave Courbet, a biography on the painter Bernard Buffet, a survey on the history of design and numerous books on the history of the applied arts education in France, which were based on his PhD dissertation. He is currently publishing an essay revolving around the relationship between craftsmanship and art and a book discussing the history of design in France. He graduated in interior design from the Ecole Boulle. He gained a MFA in Design and passed successfully a higher teaching certificate in Fine Arts (agrégation) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. He earned a MPhil in History of Architecture, a PhD (1996) and a Habilitation (2006) at the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne. In 2004, he was expert for the prestigious Medici Villa fellowship in Rome and since 2013 he is expert in Art and Design for the French Ministry of Culture, and since 2015 he is member of the acquisition committee of the Mobilier National, founded by the Sun King and in charge of the furniture for French embassies and ministries. In 2005, he was senior fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; in 2006, he was invited as a visiting scholar by the Japan Foundation at the University of Tokyo; in 2008, he was visiting scholar at the Centre for Chinese Studies in the Republic of China; and in 2009, he was visiting professor in Brazil. He delivered many lectures in France, Europe, the Americas and Asia. He is also a painter, who exhibits his works internationally.