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Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan - British Museum

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION featuring some of the most beautiful Japanese art-crafts produced during the past fifty years, Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, will be on display in the British Museum – from July 19 to October 21, 2007.

The exhibition, which will include ceramics, textiles, lacquer, metal, wood, bamboo, glass and dolls, presents works by members of the Japan Art Crafts Association (Nihon Kogeikai), many of them designated ‘Living National Treasures’ in Japan, a title conferred by the Japanese government on exemplary individuals who carry on Japanese traditions.

Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan will demonstrate how the beauty, skill and modernity found in these contemporary pieces draws on the strength of traditional crafts skills.

Speaking about the exhibits, artist Grayson Perry said, “Uniquely in the developed world Japan has preserved the most authentic and least self-conscious continuing craft tradition…these beautiful works are masterpieces of the kind of art that is used and appreciated in many Japanese homes every day.”

The exhibition is organised with The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo; in association with The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan Art Crafts Association and The Japan Foundation.

Times: Daily from 10am to 5.30pm (last entry 4.30pm); open late on Thursday and Fridays – until 8.30pm (last entry 7.30pm).

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