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Wonderlab: an exhibition promoting French crafts internationally

WONDER LAB: NATIONAL TREASURES OF FRENCH CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS HYOKEIKAN, TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM (JAPAN) SEPTEMBER 11 – NOVEMBER 2017

Wonderlab is an original exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum in Japan that will present for the first time 15 exceptional crafts workers, including winners of the Liliane Bettencourt Prize pour l‘intelligence de la main®.
September 11 – November 2017

A first for French masters of contemporary crafts

Showcasing 15 of the most talented French crafts workers, the Wonderlab exhibition offers a fresh look at contemporary crafts. From work in fine metal or ceramics to feathers, tortoiseshell, glass, leather, straw, paper or textiles, the excellence and diversity of French crafts are presented to the Japanese public. Out of these 15 French artists, five are winners of the the Liliane Bettencourt Prize pour l‘intelligence de la main®: Roland Daraspe, fine metalsmith; Nathanaël Le Berre, coppersmith, Laurent Nogues, paper embosser; François-Xavier Richard, designer of block-printed wallpaper; and Nelly Saunier, feather worker.

 

International collaboration

Organized by HEART & crafts  in partnership with the Tokyo National Museum and NHK Promotions, an NHK subsidiary, Wonderlab is supported in France by the National Institute of Arts and Crafts and the Ministry of Culture. In Japan, the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs and the French Embassy are also partners in the project. The show was curated by Hélène Kelmachter and designed by architect Lina Ghotmeh.

The Foundation is the largest sponsor of this major show, which will allow the Japanese public to discover for the first time the excellence and diversity of French crafts, through a multidisciplinary and resolutely contemporary program.
Traditional roots and the role of culture in crafts are areas that French and Japanese crafts workers endeavor to explore, and this show encourages dialogue between Japan and France.

 

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