Chargeurs acquires luxury Italian publisher and producer Skira Editore to join its Museum Studio division
• Almost 100 years old, Skira is one of the most prestigious global cultural brands in the world and one of the iconic publishing references in the arts, design, luxury, fashion and prestige hospitality worlds
• More than a publisher, Skira has established itself worldwide as a multimedia expert in the production of multilingual cultural content: publishing of high-end books and catalogs, audiovisual production, design and production of major exhibitions, digital creations, virtual tours, design of augmented reality, development of derivative products, space management…
• Chargeurs Museum Studio confirms its leadership and now houses a unique range of products and solutions for its customers in the world of cultural, luxury and prestige brands
The Skira publishing house was founded in Lausanne in 1928 by Albert Skira, an art enthusiast, whose first major work was the edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses illustrated by Pablo Picasso. After this first publication, Skira continued to surround itself with prestigious intellectuals, artists and writers who accompanied it in its development. From Aragon to Tzara, many people behind the cultural greatness of the 20th century maintained very close ties with the publishing house. Since its foundation, the Skira house has successfully published, out of Milan, Geneva and Paris, more than 6,500 titles, which have entered the world’s cultural, artistic and creative heritage.
The publishing house has diversified its offering around four complementary areas of expertise:
– Publishing of upscale art books, catalogs of artists’ works, exhibition catalogs and limited editions for collectors, covering a broad spectrum ranging from classical art to architecture, design, fashion, photography and cinema. Skira Editore also publishes essays and fictions related to the arts. All told, it publishes more than 250 new original works every year. Backed by a network of experts and its own resources, Skira designs, produces and distributes its works in many countries and in several languages. Within its publishing activity, Skira develops a majority of commissioned publishing projects, pre-ordered on behalf of leading clients, cultural institutions, corporate brands and foundations. For example, Skira is the reference publisher for the Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum, and the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum in Paris, and all of the museum and artistic works of the Intesa Sanpaulo group.
It is the only Italian publisher present in ALTAGAMMA, the association that houses and promotes brands that are symbols of Made in Italy and Italian creativity. It has worked for prestigious brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bulgari, Loro Piana, Kartel, Van Cleef & Arpels, Zegna, Tod’s, Hogan, Ferrero etc.
– Production and operation of temporary exhibitions, from design and curation through to ticket sales and bookshop activities. Skira is behind the exceptional exhibitions dedicated to Renoir, Cezanne, Bacon, Leonardo da Vinci, Monet, Titian, Picasso or Caravaggio as well as to Futurism and Pop Art, which have welcomed millions of visitors. Skira is preparing to produce new exhibitions, including one dedicated to the photographer Richard Avedon and another to the painter and illustrator Hokusai.
– Creation and management of museum book stores operated via concessions, book stores created as part of temporary exhibitions produced by Skira or shop-in-shop book stores operated by major banners.
– Coproduction of films and documents with high cultural content.
Skira’s expertise in curation and publishing of reference works strengthens the status of Chargeurs Museum Studio with cultural institutions and major global luxury, fashion design and creation brands.
At the same time, the top-level relationships forged by Skira with brands and cultural institutions over the decades provide significant leverage to promote the project management, design capacities which are at the heart of Chargeurs Museum Studio’s offering.
The consolidation of Skira will enable Chargeurs Museum Studio to support cultural institutions permanently.