“Arcades des Arts”: one name, two foundations

The relocation announced last year has now taken place: the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) and the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship have taken up residence in the Pont de la Machine, a historic building built in 1843 on the Rhône.

The architecture of this former water pumping station, with its series of arches running along the facade, inspired the new name and logo of this building, renamed “Arcade des Arts” and which will house a brand-new space for exhibitions and public events dedicated to watchmaking and artistic crafts.

Through this new location in the very heart of Geneva with its proud horological and artisanal traditions, the FHH is testifying to its commitment to the watchmaking values that have been part of the soul and history of the city since the 16th century. This presence thus reinforces the Foundation’s mission to promote Fine Watchmaking worldwide and reinforces Geneva’s stature as an essential watchmaking destination.

The Michelangelo Foundation’s mission is to promote and perpetuate excellent craftsmanship, strengthen its links with the world of design, and ensure its sustainability.

This new address in the very heart of the historical district of Geneva’s watchmakers, goldsmiths, boot makers, cutlers and other crafters supports the Foundation’s ambition to promote, preserve and pass on the expertise cultivated by master artisans.

The “Arcade des Arts” will spread its wings from January 30th 2020, when its program will kick off with a first exhibition shared by the two Foundations.

Entitled “Singular Talents”, it will be devoted to the unique stories of artisans with rare skills and exceptional talents.

November 28, 2019