The Japonismes 2018 season has officially began, and will last eight months, during which cultural events and celebrations will be held to commemorate 160 years of diplomatic relations between France and Japan.


HEART & crafts is honoured to participate in the ‘Japon-Japonismes 1867-2018‘ exhibition at the Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs, an exceptional exhibition that showcases the museum’s remarkable Japanese art collection, presented alongside ‘Japonist’ western creations.


Altogether a total of 1,500 works of art, design and fashion, graphic art and photography will be displayed on 2,200m2, highlighting the interconnections, influences and mutual enrichment between both countries. Through a scenography imagined by architect Sou Fujimoto, the exhibition explores five themes: Actors of Discovery, Nature, Time, Movement and Innovation.


Alongside Hokusaï, Émile Gallé, René Lalique, Issey Miyake, Junya Watanabe, Shiro Kuramata, Charlotte Perriand and Ikkō Tanaka, the exhibition will include seven master craftspeople who participated in the WONDER LAB exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum in 2017: ceramist Jean Girel, umbrella and parasol creator Michel Heurtault, fan-maker Sylvain Le Guen, embosser-printer Laurent Nogues, hand-block wallpaper creator François-Xavier Richard, feather artist Nelly Saunier and master of pleats Pietro Seminelli.


Each year 600,000 visitors pass through the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, to see the 532,000 works exhibited to maintain and develop in France a culture of the arts that will pursue the realisation of the beautiful in the useful.


HEART & crafts is proud to be part of this outstanding project, which echoes one of the principal objectives of WONDER LAB – to create an intercultural dialogue where know-hows intersect and tradition rimes with innovation.


JAPON-JAPONISMES 1967-2018 exhibition

From 15 November 2018 to 3 March 2019

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

107 Rue de Rivoli, Paris

[Photos MAD Paris / Jean Tholance]