WONDER LAB Exhibition

HEART & crafts is the organiser of the WONDER LAB exhibition.


Bringing together 15 of the most talented French artistic craftsmen and women, the Wonder Lab exhibition offers a fresh perspective on contemporary creation. From goldsmithery to ceramics, artistry with feathers, tortoiseshell glass, leather, straw, paper and textile, the excellence and diversity of French artistic crafts are put on view outside of France for the first time.


Resolutely contemporary, the WONDER LAB exhibition stems from the confluence of 15 Masters of Art or artistic craftsmen and women who have been recognised for their level of excellence. It embarks visitors on an unparalleled aesthetic journey that intersects expertise, mediums, life journeys, and men and women who are determined to expand, reinvent and transmit their skills, to combine vocation with tradition and innovation.


The artists who are participating in this wonderful human adventure are tortoiseshell artisan Christian Bonnet, feather artist Nelly Saunier, paper embosser Laurent Nogues, heraldic engraver Gérard Desquand, glassmaker Emmanuel Barrois, silversmith Roland Daraspe, heliograveur Fanny Boucher, fan creator Sylvain Le Guen, straw marquetry artisan Lison de Caunes, freehand metalworker Nathanaël le Berre, hand-block wallpaper creator François-Xavier Richard, pleat master Pietro Seminelli, umbrella and parasol creator Michel Heurtault, leatherworker Serge Amoruso and ceramic artist Jean Girel .


To echo and prolong the exhibition, the public is invited to meet the Masters of Art, attend conferences with experts and specialists, workshops for younger visitors, screenings and discussions for students and professionals. 


Japan was the first stop for the WONDER LAB exhibition, at the Tokyo National Museum in 2017. Its next destination is China, where it will be presented in four cities in 2018-2019, before continuing its journey in Asia and around the world.

From 15 December 2018 to 17 March 2019, HEART & crafts is organising, in collaboration with the National Museum of China in Beijing, and under the high patronage of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China and the French Ministry of Culture; with the support of the French Embassy in China, the Chinese Embassy in France and INMA (Institut Français des Métiers d’Art), the WONDER LAB exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing.