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.


In his inauguration speech, the French Ambassador in China, Jean-Maurice Ripert, said the exhibition was truly magnificent and reminded the public of « the threat that endangers fine crafts. In a world of frenzied consumerism and standardisation of products, their survival is at stake.


To support a project on fine crafts, is to respond to our duty to protect ancient know-hows, to transmit a heritage and ancestral skills and techniques.


These master artisans are revealed, through the craftsmanship and dexterity of their work, to be great artists. When we see these objects, some of which were created using precious materials, we see priceless treasures.”


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. They were featured on the Chinese public television station CCTV, as well as in many articles in newspapers and websites such as Art ChinaThe PaperSina, Phoenix New Media, and Radio Chine Internationale.


From 12 January to 17 March 2019 at the National Museum of China

Exhibition initiated by: HEART & crafts
Curated by: Hélène Kelmachter
Exhibition design: Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture
Lighting : Abraxas Concept


Exhibition co-organised with the National Museum of China, with the support of the French Ministry of Culture, the French Embassy in China, INMA (Institut Français des Métiers d’Art) and Institut Français and in partnership with Beijing Sen Ying Culture Media Co., Ltd.



Photo credits: Guanchen Yu NMC