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.


It is the first time French Masters of Art are exhibited in Japan, in the most ancient and most important art museum of the country. In a 1000m2 space conceived by the exhibition curator Hélène Kelmachter, and scenographed by renowned architect Lina Ghotmeh, visitors are invited to experience the works of art with all their senses.


The artists who have participated 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 – who is presenting for the first time 40 years of research on the mythical Yohen Tenmoku bowls, whose technique had been lost since the 13th century.


A great success as well for the workshops and conferences organised at the Tokyo National Museum, the Institut Français de Tokyo and Tokyo Arts University (Geidai) – the most ancient and prestigious art school in Japan, which allowed a young public, children and students, to discover the work of French artistic craftsmen and women.


The exhibition is co-organised by the Tokyo National Museum,  NHK Promotions and the Asahi Shimbun. Its principal patron is the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, with the support of the Institut National des Métiers d’Art, the French Embassy in Japan, the Institut Français du Japon, and the patronage of the French Ministry of Culture.

After Japan, the exhibition will travel the world, starting with China in September 2018, so stay tuned!


If you are interested in acquiring one of the works of art from the WONDER LAB living treasures of France exhibition, send us an email.

WONDER LAB living treasures of France


From 11 september to 26 november 2017

Tokyo National Museum Hyokeikan

Exhibition info 

Exhibition Press Kit