Following its success, WONDER LAB, the first museum exhibition in China dedicated to French Master Artisans, has been extended to 4 May.


Inaugurated on 11 January, WONDER LAB is a tribute to the talent of our French and Chinese national living treasures, with the ambition of revealing a field of contemporary creation that engages with art and design.



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WONDER LAB, the first museum exhibition in China dedicated to French Master Artisans, was launched on 11 January at the prestigious National Museum of China in Beijing.


About fifty Chinese journalists came to the inauguration,  to discover the creativity and diversity of French fine crafts through the fifteen master artisans presented in the WONDER LAB exhibition.




For French speakers, an exceptional conference in Paris on 16 January 2019 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs:


with Gaëlle Dupré, founder of HEART & crafts, Béatrice Quette, curator of the JAPON-JAPONISMES exhibition, François-Xavier Richard, hand-block wallpaper creator, Sylvain Le Guen, fan maker and Laurent Nogues, embosser printer.



Following the success of the WONDER LAB exhibition in Japan, HEART & crafts is honoured to participate in the JAPON-JAPONISMES exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.


The exhibition is the continuation of the intercultural and human dialogue initiated at the Tokyo National Museum, through fifteen artists who, by constantly experimenting and pushing the boundaries of their craft, are questioning and enchanting the world.


From 14 to 30 September 2018, the Michelangelo Foundation presents Homo Faber, an exhibition dedicated to European craftsmanship. In the exceptional setting of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy, the exhibition was designed to showcase the skills and infinite creativity of Europe’s best master craftspeople.


Sixteen immersive spaces will allow the public to discover objects, crafts and workshops, as well as an exhibition on the Liliane Bettencourt Prize for the Intelligence of the Hand, highlighting the wealth and vitality of French artistic crafts.


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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.


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In the world of artistic crafts, the most beautiful alchemy happens when exceptional and passionate people come together.


A collaboration between héliograveur Fanny Boucher and photojournalist Edouard Elias, the art book ‘Mediterraneum’ is the epitome of this.


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The London Craft Week presents ‘a contemporary approach to traditional French savoir-faire’.


The Institut français in London welcomes French Masters of Art Fanny Boucher (Heliogravure), Lison de Caunes (Straw Marquetry) and Hervé Obligi (Stone Marquetry) for a discussion on their creative processes and techniques and how they oscillate from tradition to innovation.



Film-maker Yannick Coutheron followed Jean Girel for four years to film an extraordinary documentary on the man considered today as the greatest contemporary French ceramist.


Through Yannick Coutheron’s lens, we discover the daily life of the master potter, at his home in the Burgundy countryside, where connoisseurs will recognise the misty plains, rolling green hills and fiery mountains during of the sunsets of the ‘Discus landscapes’ and ‘Seal landscapes’ series of ceramics.



French ceramist Jean Girel recently went to  Takaoka, in Japan, with his wife Valérie Hermans and Gaëlle Dupré, president of HEART & crafts, to meet the Japanese philanthropist and collector Hikonobu Ise.


Hikonobu Ise has one of the largest and most beautiful collections of Chinese ceramics in the world, with pieces dating from the 5th century BC to the 19th century. The highlights of this collection were exhibited for the first time in France last year at the Musée Guimet.


The WONDER LAB living treasures of France exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum, instigated and co-organised by HEART & crafts has been very popular since its launch on 11 September. 


More than 1000 visitors a day come to this prestigious museum to discover the wealth and diversity of French artistic crafts through 15 of the best artistic craftsmen and women in France – Masters of Art and laureates of the Liliane Bettencourt Prize for the Intelligence of the Hand.



Gaëlle Dupré, founder of HEART & crafts, has been invited to participate in the Singapore Fashion Artisan Week, which will take place from 30 November to 3 December.


Organised by the Alliance Française de Singapour, this event will feature fashion and trunk shows ; movie screenings; workshops and conferences with French fan maker Sylvain Le Guen and feather artist Nelly Saunier and a discussion between the two Masters of Art and Gaëlle Dupré on “What is French savoir-faire today?”



The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship organised this week a panel discussion for the launch of the book The Master’s Touch essential elements of artisanal excellence.


The book, published by Marsilio, and whose French translation will come out in January, “lays a foundation for a common language to describe the distinguished work of master artisans everywhere”.


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The Liliane Bettencourt Prize for the Intelligence of the Hand 2017 was a very special occasion this year, marking the 100th laureate of the prize since its creation.


This year, the prize went to woodworker Steven Leprizé, with the Dialogues prize going to David de Gourcuff, Aki and Arnaud Cooren and the Parcours prize to the Maison de l’outil et de la pensée ouvrière (MOPO) in Troyes.