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The Living Treasures of France

The Living Treasures of France

In a nutshell
Flowers made out of feathers, textiles that look like origami, fans that resemble pop-up books are just some of the treasures found in this exhibition. Made by France’s master craftspeople who are designated Maître d' Art, modeled after Japan’s Living National Treasure certification, these silver, leather, tortoiseshell, and glass works preserve traditional methods and highlight creative innovation.

The venue
The Tokyo National Museum’s Hyokeikan building, which is the building on the left after passing through the main entrance. This Important Cultural Property is a fitting venue to highlight French craftsmanship as its Western style architecture is reminiscent of French museums.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All of the information is available in English, including the handout.

The feels
The pieces are beautiful, curious, stunning and strange. The mastery and creativity required are evident in the works and can be seen in the artist videos.

Appeal
The gorgeous treasures are appealing to everyone, including children, though it’s hard to keep your hands from touching the objects!

How far out?
A ten minute walk through Ueno Park from Ueno Station. 

How much time? 
About 45 minutes. Make sure to see the videos of the craftspeople at work in the front lobby. 

How much money?
¥1,400 for general admission

Until when?
Less than a month left - until November 26, 2017 

Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
See it if you’re in Ueno Park.

Links:
http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=1866

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