With this exhibition, the brand hopes to generate a new context and forge a unique bond between high jewellery, a symbolic savoir-faire of the French, and the 1,200-year history of the Japanese’s traditional craft, serving as a testament to the spirit of cultural exchange that exists between France and Japan, more specifically Paris and Kyoto.
While the exhibition’s focus is on the mastery of an art, Van Cleef & Arpels believes that presenting a special selection of excellent works of high jewellery and Japanese crafts that serve as outstanding examples of French and Japanese techniques, will lead to the emergence of new perspectives and a higher level of cultural exchange and fusion.
“In the first section of the exhibition, devoted to the company’s history, I used natural hinoki cypress wood to produce a space that is dynamic, but at the same time delicate and pure. In the section containing jewellery and Japanese crafts, the weight of the transparent display cases gives rise to a calm and subtle air, creating a beautiful comparison between sharpness and exibility, and simplicity and diversity.”, said Sou Fujimoto, one of the most distinguished architects, whose works will be displayed at the exhibition.
Mastery of an Art: Van Cleef & Arpels - High Jewellery and Japanese Crafts will be open from 29 April to 6 August 2017, from 9.30am to 5pm at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
For more details on the exhibition, visit the official website.