Con­tem­po­rary Crafts­man­ship & High Jewellery

World Travel Magazine - - Just In - CHRIS­TINE LEE

Com­pare and con­trast the high jewellery of Van Cleef and Ar­pels along­side Ja­panese mas­ter­pieces at one of the five Na­tional Mu­se­ums of Arts in Ja­pan with the Mas­ter of an Art: Van Cleef & Ar­pels – High Jew­elry and Ja­panese Crafts ex­hi­bi­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores the bond be­tween this el­e­gant, mas­ter­ful jewellery and tra­di­tional Ja­panese craft – cel­e­brat­ing stun­ning hand­made pieces cre­ated from French high jew­ellers Van Cleef and Ar­pels’ work­shops in Paris along­side art­works by con­tem­po­rary crafts­men from Ky­oto, the cul­tural cen­tre of Ja­pan. The ex­hi­bi­tion even in­cludes col­lab­o­ra­tive pieces, which com­bine el­e­ments from both prac­tices.

Loaned by pri­vate col­lec­tors, the unique jewellery items in the Van Cleef and Ar­pels col­lec­tion high­light so­phis­ti­cated tech­niques and stylis­tic trends – honed over more than a cen­tury of jewellery-mak­ing. The tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity of Ky­oto’s Meiji-era ar­ti­sans are re­vealed in the Ja­panese pieces, which show­case im­pres­sive work­man­ship through the re­fined pro­cesses of maki-e, ce­ram­ics, cloi­sonné enamel, and gold bro­cade.

Dis­cover fas­ci­nat­ing and beau­ti­ful art pieces – lux­u­ri­ous jewellery and tra­di­tional Ja­panese art­work

– at this unique ex­hi­bi­tion, which runs un­til 6 Au­gust. Ex­pe­ri­ence these “liv­ing na­tional trea­sures” for your­self at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art in Ky­oto.

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