Three exhibitions curated by 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine in 2016 and 2017, at the invitation of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. One celestial theme: a journey to the sky and beyond. One place: La Grande Place Musée du Cristal in Saint-Louis. Three perspectives.
Les Etoiles Terrestres, or ‘the Earthly Stars’, is the name given to three museums and a research centre in the Pays de Bitche region of France. These three sites, dedicated to the art of glass, serve as inspiration for the first exhibition of the "Rêve d'obscur" ('Dark Dreaming') cycle, held in the heart of the Land of the Earthly Stars. This is art as an invitation to explore what is hidden, to look beyond what is visible. Moon and skull merge into one in the photographs of Eric Potevin; likewise sun and body in the work of Barbara and Michael Leisgen. A mysterious world is unveiled at the heart of our planet, in a work produced especially for the exhibition by Benoît Billotte. Meanwhile, Charwei Tsai writes a mantra on the trunk of a village tree. "Dark Dreaming" brims with poetry, and gazes longingly at the point where the sun meets the moon.
Forever looking skyward, "Over the Rainbow" welcomes artists and engineers to that strange hinterland between art and the production of everyday life. "The Rainbow" by Jingfang Hao and Lingjie Wang sits alongside "Meteorological Observations" by André des Gachons. Instruments and readings from the French meteorological office share space with Yona Friedman’s interpretation of the clouds, "Prototypes improvisés de type 'Nuages'". Formal works, collective works and mass-produced works are gathered in this exploration of the poetry of meteorology.
For the third instalment of the cycle, under the stewardship of exhibition curator Béatrice Josse, artists Julie Luzoir and Anne Delrez present "Arweider", a project that goes right to the heart of the Land of the Earthly Stars. A land where the everyday lives of the people revolve around glass and crystal. The exhibition is named "Arweider", in homage to the people who spend their days manning the grindstone, the mallet or the blowing iron. The discussions, drawings, photographs and objects on display subtly narrate the story of their lives, uncovering the beauty within.
 Les Etoiles Terrestres – or ‘the Earthly Stars’ – is the collective name given to the Musée Lalique, the Meisenthal glassmaker’s and La Grande Place Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis.
 "Arweider" means ‘labourer’ or ’worker’ in Platt, a Franconian dialect spoken in the region.