Exhibition dedicated to the know-how of Japanese crafts in the windows of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. July 4 – September 4, 2012

The windows of the Ministry of Culture and Communication have been dedicated for several years to crafts. Every summer the Ministry devotes its windows to know-how from elsewhere. Japanese crafts are in the spotlight from July 4 to September 4, 2012.

The house of Japanese culture in Paris, presents the «beauty of the useful» objects. The best way to perceive the qualities and intrinsic beauty of these works is to show their elegance combined with their functionality.

The exhibition sheds light on this spirit of Japanese craftsmanship, which can be found in a wide range of everyday and decorative objects. This artisanal know-how has enabled the development of dyeing processes (Kyô-yûzen), weaving (Nishijin-ori), of ceramic pottery (Kiyomizu-yaki), of porcelain (Kutani), lacquering, decoration using precious metals (maki-e).

Objects used in the context of everyday life, objects testifying to the various modes of transmission of craft techniques; forms linking tradition to innovation, this exhibition is an opportunity to highlight the originality of applied arts in Japan.